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


% applicants receiving offers


  • Biology
Student score
81% MED
% employed or in further study
92% LOW
Average graduate salary
£23k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Compulsory A level subjects AAA or A*AB including A in Biology and A in a second science or mathematics subject. A level subjects that will not be considered in your application A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). Alternative A level offer AAB including grade A in Biology and a second science or mathematics subject plus one of the following: Grade A in an EPQ Grade B in the Welsh Bacc Skills Challenge Certificate Grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative. Desirable skills or experience The second essential subject can be one of the following: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geography, Psychology, Further mathematics, Environmental Science/Studies, Food Science (or Food Technology), Electronics, Geology, Statistics.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

AA in Advanced Highers including Biology and a second science or mathematics subject plus AAAAB in Scottish Highers. The second essential subject can be one of the following: Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Geography or Psychology.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Typical Offer: D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in Applied Science. We are able to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) in Applied Science. It is important that your combination of optional units has an appropriate mix of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics content to prepare you for our course. 'Unit 7: Mathematical Calculations for Science' is essential unless you have achieved a grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics. If we make you an offer, we may specify particular units in which you will need to achieve Distinctions. Please contact us to discuss the suitability of your optional units before making an application. If you are studying towards a Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma or a new specification BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF), please contact us for guidance.

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall and 6, 6, 6 or 7, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in HL Biology and a second HL science or mathematics subject.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

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


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

Not available

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

Develop the knowledge and skills to play a vital role as a practical scientist and interpreter of modern bioscience. You will learn about life on all scales, from the molecular to global ecosystems. You’ll start by studying a broad range of topics in modern biosciences before focussing on a few specific areas of biology. Specialisms include areas such as organismal interrelationships, developmental biology and genomic evolution. In the first year you’ll study a broad introduction to biosciences through a set of core units. You’ll also gain hands-on experience of practical scientific techniques in dedicated undergraduate laboratories. You will be able to use your fundamental knowledge base to decide what area of biology you’d like to specialise in later. In the final year you’ll undertake a research project, giving you first-hand experience as a researcher. Research areas include evolution and biodiversity, infection and immunity, industrial biotechnology and developmental biology. You’ll graduate with a solid foundation for further study or for graduate roles where a broader knowledge of biosciences is needed. The skills you develop will also prepare you for a wide array of other careers.


University of Bath

The campus Bath University

At Bath we are known for excellence in teaching and research, a superb student experience, and providing outstanding preparation for the workplace. Bath is a top five UK university (Guardian University Guide 2018) and ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. All our degrees offer placement options and 86% of our employed first degree graduates move into top-level jobs. 

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 88%
Student score 81% 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
16% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
65% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
452 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
90% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% 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 92% LOW
Average graduate salary £23k HIGH
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


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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