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Newcastle University

Biology and Psychology

UCAS Code: CC18
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128-136

% applicants receiving offers

87%

Subjects
  • Biology
  • Psychology
Student score
81% MED
84% MED
% employed or in further study
95% MED
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
£16.2k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-AAB

Biology at grade A.

Scottish Highers
AAABB-AABBB

Biology.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
35

At least 6 points required from Biology at higher level.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-136 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

87%

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

£9,250

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 degree allows you to combine the study of animal, plant and human biology with the study of human and animal behaviour. You will study all forms of life, from micro-organisms to mammals, and explore why humans and animals think and behave as they do. You will enjoy a high level of laboratory and fieldwork in this degree: taking part in experiments, running your own, and analysing the results.

Modules

Biology Stage 1: Introduces the key disciplines underpinning the understanding of biology, such as biochemistry, genetics, ecology and evolution. Stages 2 and 3: Develops these issues and allows students to choose from a range of optional modules to include: entomology; ornithology; animal ecophysiology; plant-animal interactions; and conservation biology issues; there is also a library project and field course at stage 3. Psychology Stage 1: Includes an introduction to the basic concepts in psychology. Stage 2: Students look at some of these areas in more depth, including perception; personality and intelligence; and social psychology. Stage 3: Students choose from a wide range of taught optional modules, in both core and more specialised areas of psychology.

Newcastle University

Newcastle Campus

Newcastle University is home to a cosmopolitan community, offering a first-class student experience in Britain's number one student city. A member of the Russell Group, the university is ranked among the best in the world according to Times Higher rankings. Our Union building has undergone an £8m refurbishment, now home to outstanding social and learning facilities.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
27%
73%

Year 1

20%
80%

Year 2

17%
83%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
62%
38%

Year 1

86%
14%

Year 2

74%
23%
3%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 87%
Student score 81% MED
Able to access IT resources

88%

Staff made the subject interesting

87%

Library resources are satisfactory

96%

Feedback on work has been helpful

56%

Feedback on work has been prompt

71%

Staff are good at explaining things

91%

Received sufficient advice and support

83%

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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
12% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
56% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
385 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
73% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% 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 95% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

5%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

5%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

5%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Things are improving - slowly - for biology graduates, so don't get too worried about the unemployment stats above, as they are normally more encouraging. 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). If you think you only want to do a first degree for now, there are jobs for biologists in science and clinical labs and in the health, food and water industries. But you can actually get all sorts of jobs with a biology degree – last year’s biology graduates got jobs in sectors ranging from PR to accountancy.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources

84%

Staff made the subject interesting

87%

Library resources are satisfactory

91%

Feedback on work has been helpful

60%

Feedback on work has been prompt

64%

Staff are good at explaining things

95%

Received sufficient advice and support

85%

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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
8% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
81% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
416 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
95% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% 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 94% MED
Average graduate salary £16.2k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

9%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

8%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the fourth most popular subject overall, one in 24 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates – far more than there are jobs in psychology – this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business. With a mix of good people skills and with excellent number and data handling skills, a psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes – but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.
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