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University of Plymouth

Human Biosciences

UCAS Code: C190

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


104 - 120 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 3 A Levels. Including Grade B in Biology/ Human Biology, and Grade C in a second Science. General Studies is excluded. Suitable second Science subjects are Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Geography, Geology, and Applied Science.

Considered in combination.

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (Science based) with at least 33 credits at Merit and/ or Distinction, to include 15 credits in Biology and 18 credits in further Science subjects at Merit and/ or Distinction. Suitable second Science subjects are Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Geography, Geology, and Applied Science.

Considered in combination.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

To include Grade 5 in Biology at Higher Level and Grade 5 in a second Science at Higher Level. Suitable second Science subjects are Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Geography, Geology, and Applied Science. English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

To include Biology and a second Science subject. Suitable second Science subjects are Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Geography, Geology, and Applied Science. English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

with at least six specialist subject unit in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Considered in combination

120 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers. Including Grade B in Biology/ Human Biology, and Grade C in a second Science. Suitable second Science subjects are Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Geography, Geology, and Applied Science. English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

Including a minimum of 3 A Levels. Including Grade B in Biology/ Human Biology, and Grade C in a second Science. General Studies is excluded. Suitable second Science subjects are Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Geography, Geology, and Applied Science.

Considered in combination.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subjects

Biomedical sciences

Human biology

You’ll benefit from a rich and varied learning environment. Your personal development will be supported by a personal tutor. You will also have the opportunity to enhance your employability with an optional placement year.

* Delivered by the School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences in the faculty Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PU PSMD) and enhanced by links with healthcare professionals.

* A strong foundation in a broad range of bioscience disciplines underpinned by a biomolecular knowledge-base relevant to contemporary human biosciences today.

* Enables students to explore themes of personal interest within the biosciences at all stages.

* Strong international reputation in translational research with significant financial investment in laboratory infrastructure.

* Emphasis on practical laboratory skills relevant to research and other scientific careers.

* Benefit from a rich and varied interdisciplinary learning environment, which includes collaboration with a wider health care education community at the University.

* Equips graduates with the confidence, knowledge, skills and other attributes suitable for a wide variety of careers within this rapidly expanding field.

Careers options include: biomedical research, biomedical NHS and public health laboratory assistants, medical laboratory technology, health counselling, pharmaceutical sales and marketing, health product research and development, environmental agencies, food quality control, cosmetics industry, scientific writing and publishing, teaching profession and further postgraduate study (MSc, MRes, PhD).

Modules

In your first year, a foundation of theory and practicals will introduce you to the most important organism – Homo sapiens, and you'll develop key graduate skills in communication, data analysis and IT.

The focus in your second year will be to develop a deeper understanding of human physiology and neurobiology, genetics and molecular cell biology, metabolism, infection and immunology. You'll also enhance your knowledge and practical skills in experimental and investigative techniques with a methods module.

In your final year, you will have a choice of two personal research project modules to suit your career aspirations. A wide range of modules will develop your critical understanding of cutting-edge research.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

57% of assessment is by coursework, 40% is by exams and 3% is through practical assessment.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Biomedical Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Subjects allied to medicine not otherwise specified

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

Biosciences

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
60%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Subjects allied to medicine not otherwise specified

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
70%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Therapy professionals
28%
Health professionals
18%
Health associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Courses like this are more usually taken at postgraduate level - very few students take one of these degrees as a first degree. There isn't a great deal of reliable information on the employment prospects for these graduates so bear that in mind when you review the stats. Students tend to go on to further study or pursue jobs within the healthcare sector, but it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

Others in biosciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,800
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Science, engineering and production technicians
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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