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

136

% applicants receiving offers

86%

Subjects
  • Biology
Student score
80% MED
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAB

AAB in at least two science/mathematics subjects. Suitable science/mathematics subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Botany, Statistics and Zoology. Other suitable science/mathematics subjects: Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography, Further Mathematics, Other Mathematics, Human Biology, Engineering and Electronics.

Scottish Highers
AAABB-AB

SH: AAABB and AH: AB in at least two science/mathematics subjects. Preferred science/mathematics subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Botany, Statistics and Zoology. Other suitable science/mathematics subjects: Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography, Further Mathematics, Other Mathematics, Human Biology, Engineering and Electronics.

Scottish Advanced Highers
AB

AB in at least two science/mathematics subjects. Preferred science/mathematics subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Botany, Statistics and Zoology. Other suitable science/mathematics subjects: Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography, Further Mathematics, Other Mathematics, Human Biology, Engineering and Electronics.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
34

34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 5 in any order in two science/mathematics subjects at Higher Level preferred science/mathematics subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Botany, Statistics and Zoology. Other suitable science/mathematics subjects: Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography, Further Mathematics, Other Mathematics, Human Biology, Engineering and Electronics.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 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

86%

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

Biological Sciences at Bristol is distinct because we cover all aspects of biological life, from genes and cells to populations and ecosystems. We believe that successful biologists of the future need this broad-based training to tackle the scientific challenges facing humanity. We have strong links across the University: palaeontologists and climate scientists in Earth Sciences; molecular biologists in Biochemistry; those studying human behaviour in Psychology. We aim to equip you to bring rigorous, logical, interdisciplinary approaches to biological questions, starting with the fundamentals and progressing to the edge of knowledge. You will be taught in lectures, practical classes, tutorials and other smaller group sessions, as well as in the field; directed independent study is essential too. Your final year gives you considerable choice in which aspects of biology you wish to pursue as well as the opportunity to undertake your own research.

Modules

University of Bristol

Inside one of the campus buildings

The University of Bristol is world-renowned with a reputation for academic excellence and has a vibrant student community that's passionate about everything from volunteering to hot air ballooning. Come to Bristol to earn a brilliant degree, develop interests and make life-long friends. It's easy to get involved: our students take part in 192 societies and 52 sports clubs.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
37%
63%

Year 1

21%
79%

Year 2

23%
77%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
47%
23%
30%

Year 1

50%
23%
27%

Year 2

50%
47%
3%

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 86%
Student score 80% MED
Able to access IT resources

91%

Staff made the subject interesting

92%

Library resources are satisfactory

87%

Feedback on work has been helpful

33%

Feedback on work has been prompt

52%

Staff are good at explaining things

94%

Received sufficient advice and support

61%

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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
12% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
55% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
479 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
95% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% 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 94% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

7%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

5%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate 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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