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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Biology
Student score
85% MED
% employed or in further study
98% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£16k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

To include minimum grade C at A2 in Biology (must include a Pass in the Biology practical assessment), Human Biology or Applied Science. General Studies is not accepted.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

Should include Merit in all mandatory units and Merit in the following optional units: 20 Human and Animal Interaction 24 Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Management Or: BTEC National Diploma accepted in combination with relevant Science A Level at grade C or above (see above) to achieve 104 – 112 UCAS Tariff points. Pre 2016 BTEC: BTEC Animal Management - 60 Relevant L3 credits at Merit

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Animal Management Should include Merit in all mandatory units and Merit in the following optional units: 20 Human and Animal Interaction 24 Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Management Or: BTEC National Extended Diploma accepted in combination with relevant Science A Level at grade C or above (see above) to achieve 104 – 112 UCAS Tariff points. Pre 2016 BTEC: BTEC Animal Management - 60 Relevant L3 credits at Merit

International Baccalaureate

To include Biology at Higher Level grade 5.

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104-112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This course allows you to develop your understanding of the breadth and importance of animal behaviour. You will consider how behaviour is shaped by the interaction of genetics, evolutionary history and present-day environments. You will also examine the ways that behaviour changes over the lifetime of organisms and the genetic, physiological, hormonal and environmental mechanisms that control it. You will learn how to record behavioural data and use specialist software for its analysis. Applications include the use of behaviour analysis to improve the welfare and management of domestic, wild and zoo populations. Species studied include the whole range of animal life from ragworms to rhinos, from locusts to lemurs. Features and benefits of the course :  The flexible degree courses we offer give you a thorough grounding in relevant aspects of the biological sciences.  Throughout your course you will acquire practical skills in the laboratory and in the field – both in the UK and overseas.  You will explore topics and issues that impact upon our lives and the world around us and there is a range of exciting and rewarding specialisms to choose from.  You will learn in high specification teaching and research laboratories which include a specialist microbiology and cell/molecular biology lab, a DNA-sequencing lab, specialist animal behaviour facilities with Ethovision and Observer software, invertebrate behaviour and freshwater biology labs, and controlled environment plant growth chambers. We also have high spec nuclear magnetic resonance, spectrometry and chromatography instrumentation which gives you hands-on experience of advanced analysis techniques.  The four year study abroad route gives you the opportunity to study overseas during your third year in Europe, North America or Australia.  Or you can undertake a 12 month placement in Year 3 to boost your employment prospects.  You will have the opportunity to be involved in fieldwork in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.  Read our conservation, evolution and behaviour group blogs: cebmmu.co.uk.


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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
59% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
25% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
330 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
67% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
18% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are sports and fitness occupations


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.
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