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BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2017
Ucas points guide

120-144

% applicants receiving offers

85%

Subjects
  • Biology
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
91% LOW
Average graduate salary
£17k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

128 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A levels to include Biology plus a second science (includes chemistry, environmental science, geography, geology, mathematics, physics or psychology). Biology or second science subject must be at grade B. If no second science is offered, 136 points are required. General Studies and key skills are excluded. Any Science subject and (Biology or

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Biology and Any Science subject.

BTEC Diploma
DDD

DDD, depending on units studied.

International Baccalaureate
30

30 overall including 5 points from Biology and 5 points from a relevant subject at Higher Level. English and Maths accepted within.

UCAS tariff points
120-144

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-144 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

85%

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

Explore the full diversity of marine life, from microscopic plankton to iconic marine mammals. Study marine organisms from every angle including how they work, develop and behave and where they are found, how they have evolved and what the future holds for them. Study marine life in the wild with access to the beautiful and varied Devon and Cornwall coastline. A recent World Wildlife Fund report highlighted the South Devon coast â?? which can be reached on foot from campus â?? as the area of highest marine biodiversity in the UK. Access the Universityâ??s research vessels based in the Plymouth Sound Special Area for Conservation and, from 2014/15, our new Marine Station. LABplus is a unique open access laboratory and resource centre designed for students studying science and engineering courses. The lab provides a flexible workspace, computing facilities, specialist software, access to microscopes, microscope cameras and bespoke resources. Benefit from our reputation as an international centre for marine research. Our expert teaching staff collaborate on many varied research projects. Opportunities to gain extra experience working in one of the marine research organisations located in Plymouth, alongside your studies. The University enjoys strong links with the internationally renowned marine research establishments based in the city, including the Diving Diseases Research Centre, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the Marine Biological Association of the UK and the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science.

Modules

Modules include: Cell biology and microbiology; evolution and biodiversity; introduction to marine biology; life on earth; marine biology field course; biology of marine organisms; ecology of shallow water marine habitats; eco-physiology of marine animals; experimental marine biology field course; methods in marine biology; marine biology: an evolutionary approach; personal research.

Plymouth University

Roland Levinsky building

Plymouth is a top 50 UK research institution with genuine clusters of world class expertise across areas as diverse as marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. With 21,000 students and a further 17,000 studying University of Plymouth awards at partner colleges, it is one of largest higher education providers in the country, and has a strong track record in teaching with one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
34%
66%

Year 1

28%
72%

Year 2

20%
80%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
31%
56%
13%

Year 1

40%
60%

Year 2

38%
54%
8%

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 89%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

90%

Staff made the subject interesting

93%

Library resources are satisfactory

88%

Feedback on work has been helpful

66%

Feedback on work has been prompt

79%

Staff are good at explaining things

95%

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
8% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
53% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
338 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
63% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% 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 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £17k MED
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

8%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

7%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

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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