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Sheffield Hallam University

Biology

UCAS Code: C100

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

D:15,P:30

Access to HE Diploma from a relevant QAA-recognised Access to HE course which has mainly biology and chemistry related modules, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths, English and Science at grade C or 4.

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

MMP

Applied Science / Forensic Science / Medical Science Unit 8 plus two of the following: 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 20

UCAS Tariff

80

80 UCAS points from A levels including 24 points in Biology, or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course. If you don't meet these criteria you may be qualified for our BSc Biology with Foundation Year.

91%
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

Subject

Biology

- Gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of biological, chemical and mathematical skills suitable to investigate and describe the biological world.

- Develop the confidence and ability to solve biological problems.

- Conduct research in a range of theoretical and practical areas, including the skills of project management.

- Choose to transfer onto the MSci qualification.

- Have the opportunity to study abroad — Erasmus funding is available for European placements.

Take part in rigorous intellectual training that cultivates an interest in current developments at the frontiers of the subject. Gain an underpinning knowledge of chemistry, physics and maths, taught in context. Enhance your skills for a career in biology or any occupation requiring confident, creative, analytical thinkers.

If you're planning a career in research, you can transfer to the MSci qualification (depending on your results in years one and two of the BSc route).

**How you learn**

The course includes a coherent programme theme to enable you to develop as professional biologists, operating beyond just knowledge acquisition. You have the capability to act on opportunities and apply learning to solve problems, whether theoretical or applied.

**You learn through**

- lectures

- workshops

- tutorials

- scenario-based laboratory sessions.

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**

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. Alternatively, you are encouraged to undertake internships or other short placements to enhance your 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

- Universities

- Field trips

Complete valuable field work, which has previously included exploring contrasting environments in the Peak District, visits to Sheffield Botanical gardens and a UK-based residential ecological and environmental field course, all at no additional costs.

Modules

**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

Assessment methods

• Examinations
• Coursework
• Written assignments
• Tests
• Group work
• Practical work

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
International
£13,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

84%
med
Biology

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.

Biology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
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.

Biology (non-specific)

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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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