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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Master of Science - MSci years full-time, sandwich 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
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£19k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

112 UCAS points from at least two A levels (including at least 32 points in Biology) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry and Biology modules.) We accept AS Levels. We do not accept General Studies. Or 96 UCAS points from three A levels (including 32 points in Biology) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry and Biology modules.) We do not accept General Studies.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-112 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


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 covers the breadth of biology from human physiology to ecology, plants and evolution. There is a focus on molecular, genetics and biochemical theory and practice relevant to current fields of biology. The course provides a rigorous laboratory experience so that graduates are research and employment ready, and this is reflected in the interim accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology. You study the latest laboratory skills and techniques in modern and well-equipped facilities. For example, you use specialist cell culture laboratories that replicate industry equipment and measure gene expression using quantitative PCR. You also complete valuable field work, which has previously included a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, exploring contrasting environments in the Peak District and a residential ecological and environmental field course, all at no additional costs. You benefit from a strong emphasis on laboratory work, which brings the theory from lectures to life and allows you to gain the practical skills every biologist needs, including maths and the underpinning chemistry, which enhances your employability. There is an emphasis on practical-problem solving and developing laboratory management and research skills through short independent laboratory projects, which lead to an independent final year research project. Throughout the curse, problem solving, independent thinking, creativity and critical analysis are encouraged and practised. The optional transfer to the MSci qualification is aimed at those students wanting to pursue a career in research and is suitable for students who achieve good results during years one and two. Placements and work experience Once you have developed your knowledge and skills in the lab, you can apply for an optional third-year work placement, which gives you the chance to apply theory and practice in the workplace. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and professional skills that can give you a significant advantage at the start of your career. Alternatively you are encouraged to undertake internships or other short placements to enhance your CV and future career goals. You can apply for a placement in the UK or use the opportunity to work abroad in Europe, America and further afield. We have a wide range of major national and multinational placement partners, including • GlaxoSmithKline • Covance • Eurofins • and various universities. Professional recognition Graduates of BSc (Honours) Biology This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills. Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Associate level> Graduates of MSci Biology This programme has been awarded Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The Advanced Accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.


**Year one modules**- • plant physiology and anatomy • human physiology and anatomy • cellular biology, biochemistry with microbiology • environmental biosciences • professional and scientific practice 1 **Year two modules**- • applied ecology and environmental bioscience • biochemistry and molecular biology • evolutionary biology and animal behaviour • advanced cell biology or topics in biochemistry • professional and scientific practice 2 **Year three**- • optional work placement - leading to academic assessment via final year professional and scientific practice 3 module. **Final year core modules**-• plant biotechnology • environmental biotechnology • research project • professional and scientific practice 3 **Final year options**- • bioethics • human genetics • bioinformatics • applied biochemistry • neurobiology **MSci year (optional)**- • research methods and statistics • research projects

Sheffield Hallam University

Adsetts Learning Centre

Sheffield has all the excitement of a major city but the friendliness of a small town. The university and students' union work together to enhance the student experience; your employability is at the top of our agenda. We have lots of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities, plus the largest number of students in Britain on courses with a year's paid work placement.

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 97%
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
2% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
51% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
296 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
70% 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 95% MED
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


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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