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


% applicants receiving offers


  • Biology
Student score
85% MED
% employed or in further study
87% LOW
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio-economics factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants. Required subject: Biology, plus a Pass in the practical element At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics.

Scottish Highers

AABBB including Biology

Scottish Advanced Highers

ABB-BBB including Biology

BTEC Diploma

Distinction, Distinction in Applied Science plus grade B in A-level Biology. A Pass is required in the practical element of all Science A-levels taken At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

5,5,5 at Higher Level including Higher Level Biology, with a minimum of 32 points overall.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 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


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

Biology helps us to understand the world around us – the way that plants and animals interact, the way that different living things evolve and adapt and our own role in the wider natural world. Biology at Royal Holloway, University of London gives you a sound understanding of the structure, function, evolution and diversity of living organisms and the interactions between them. Our flexible Biology programme lets you tailor your studies to suit your specific interests in your second and third years, giving you the chance to study specialist courses from Practical Field Ecology to Human Physiology, Marine Microbiology to Seed Biology. This broad-based degree offers the opportunity to concentrate on either plants, animals or both. Study at our biodiverse campus, in reach of sites of special scientific interest including Windsor Great Park, Box Hill and Chobham Common. You’ll have access to our first-class facilities including proteomics and metabolomics facilities, marine and freshwater aquaria, plant and animal cell culture, glasshouses and an electrophysiology suite, with a recent £16 million investment providing specialist equipment for mass spectrometry, bioinformatics and protein and gene sequencing. Become a part of our renowned research culture in year 3, joining our expert academics in the laboratory as you complete your independent research project. The School of Biological Sciences was ranked 25th in the UK for influential research output by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. You’ll gain invaluable lab experience from year 1 onwards, with lab, field and independent research helping to hone the skills you need to impress potential employers in fields from biotechnology to environmental monitoring and practical conservation Enjoy a flexible combination of lab, field and desk-based learning culminating in rewarding independent research. Take part in world-class research led by renowned academics, with 76% of our Biological Sciences research ranked world-leading and internationally excellent. Learn on a biodiverse campus in reach of sites of special scientific interest including Windsor Great Park, Box Hill and Chobham Common. Join a close-knit and supportive learning community with a high staff-to-student ratio Graduate with a Royal Society of Biology accredited degree.


Core modules Year 1: The Diversity of Life, Ecology - Animal Behaviour to Environmental Conservation, Living Systems, Cell Biology and Genetics Year 2: Invertebrate Biology - Structure, Behaviour and Evolution, Plant Life - From Genes to Environment, Biological Data Analysis and Interpretation, Applications of Molecular Genetics in Biology, Evolution Year 3: Individual Research Project, Biology of Parasitic Diseases, Climate Change - Plants and the Environment A range of optional modules is also available For further information please refer to the Degree Programme Library at https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/docs/dpl/home.aspx

Royal Holloway, University of London

Founders building

Royal Holloway has one of the most beautiful campus settings in the UK - including the historic Founder's building at the centre of student life and modern academic and social facilities all within easy reach of London. Beyond the buildings there are acres of woodland and open spaces. Over 2,600 Royal Holloway students participate in 100 clubs and societies offered by the students' union.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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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 86%
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
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
53% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
368 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
57% 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 87% LOW
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Graduates who are administrative occupations: records


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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