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University of Bristol

Physiological Science

UCAS Code: B120
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Anatomy, physiology & pathology
Student score
83% MED
% employed or in further study
95% LOW
Average graduate salary
£18.9k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

AAB including AB in a science subject and a science/mathematics subject Contextual offer: ABC including AB in a science subject and a science/mathematics subject. Please visit: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/#contextual for more information about contextual offers.

Scottish Highers

SH: AAABB and AH: AB including a science subject and a science/mathematics subject

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

DDD in Science including Distinction in science units, plus grade B at A-level in a lab-based science.

International Baccalaureate

34 overall including 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 5 at Higher Level in a science subject and a science/mathematics subject. Contextual offer: 31 points overall with 15 at Higher Level, including 5, 5 at Higher Level in a science subject and a science/mathematics subject. Please visit: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/#contextual for more information about contextual offers.

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


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

Physiology is the study of body function - how cell, tissue and organ function are integrated in the whole individual. Physiology is an experimental, scientific discipline of general educational value and is of fundamental importance in medicine and health related sciences. This degree builds on core units and progresses to the final year, when you will be studying at the forefront of current research in physiology. You can also take a variety of optional units. Year one introduces the principles of cellular physiology and considers the functions of the major body systems and how drugs affect these systems. The second year covers neurophysiology, cellular physiology and integrative physiology. All units are enhanced by a full programme of practical classes which are supported by our innovative online dynamic lab manual, eBiolabs and human patient simulators. Third-year seminar courses are taught by research-active staff at the cutting edge of current research. Topics include the cardiovascular system, brain and behaviour, and the future of molecular medicine. You will also complete a practical project chosen from a wide range of topics. A fully integrated programme of activities, such as computer, verbal, written and presentation skills, will develop your transferable personal and professional skills. This course is available for intercalation.


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

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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 91%
Student score 83% 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
18% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
65% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
8% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
458 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
89% 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 95% LOW
Average graduate salary £18.9k LOW
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Graduates who are caring personal services


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The stats here cover not just anatomy, physiology and pathology courses, but also neuroscience and physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is much the most popular of the four. So, a lot of the data you’re looking at is really for physiotherapists, who have excellent employment rates - although all the subjects under this group do better than average. Anatomy and physiology graduates often take further study — usually moving on to a medical degree - and neurosciences graduates opt for a more academic route in study. Pathology graduates tend to go into work. Physiotherapy graduates mainly go straight into work, and a large majority got into physiotherapy roles within six months of graduation in 2016, usually either in hospitals or private practice. There are shortages of graduates in all of these disciplines although issues with funding roles, particularly in physiotherapy, still mean that these degrees are not a guaranteed path to a job - but the chances of getting a job are very good.
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