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

120-128

% applicants receiving offers

91%

Subjects
  • Biology
Student score
88% MED
% employed or in further study
81% LOW
Average graduate salary
£16k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB-ABB

(Biology or Human Biology).

Scottish Highers
ABBCC

Biology at grade B.

Scottish Advanced Highers
BBB

Biology.

BTEC Diploma
DDD

Only science-based subjects will be considered

BTEC Certificate
DD

BTEC Award
D

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
DDD

Only science-based subjects will be considered

International Baccalaureate
33

5 in Higher Level Biology or Human Biology

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

91%

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

£9,000

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

Our Biology degree scheme offers an excellent range of laboratory and field-based topics with a strong emphasis on the development of key practical skills. Most modules in Biology are supported by laboratory and field based classes. All students have the opportunity to attend a week-long field course . Our close proximity to a diverse range of contrasting environments plus our own facilities provides a wide scope for customising your learning experience. All Biology students carry out a research project module in Year Three. This can be either laboratory or field-based depending on the interests of the student. Some students carry out their projects abroad. The course has a strong emphasis on the development of personal and transferable skills to assist in later employability.

Modules

Level 1 (Year 1): Science writing and career skills; science skills for biological scientists; chemistry of life; animal diversity, form and function; plants and algae - diversity, form and function; cellular and microbial biology; introduction to ecology and behaviour; genetics and evolutionary processes. Level 2 (Year 2): How to undertake research in biological sciences; molecular ecology; trophic dynamics: introduction to modelling biology literature review; cell and immunobiology; terrestrial invertebrates and parasites; vertebrates; animal behaviour in conservation and welfare; coastal marine ecology; oceanography; marine plankton and pelagic invertebrates; human and medical genetics; clinical biochemistry and physiology. Level 3 (Year 3): Biology research project; current research in biology - each member of staff presents a module on their own specific research interests (on a range of topics) from which you select 5 for assessment; terrestrial ecology field course OR animal ecology field course; literature review in biology.

Swansea University

Singleton Campus

Swansea University offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life. A modern approach to learning is backed by excellent facilities and high standards of teaching. Set in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the breathtaking Gower Peninsula, Swansea surely offers one of the best university locations in the world.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
17%
83%

Year 1

25%
75%

Year 2

19%
81%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
48%
52%

Year 1

47%
49%
4%

Year 2

49%
51%

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 92%
Student score 88% MED
Able to access IT resources

94%

Staff made the subject interesting

94%

Library resources are satisfactory

89%

Feedback on work has been helpful

68%

Feedback on work has been prompt

66%

Staff are good at explaining things

94%

Received sufficient advice and support

85%

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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
11% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
46% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
341 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
71% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% 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 81% LOW
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are conservation and environment professionals

6%

Graduates who are other administrative occupations

6%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

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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