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University of Cumbria

Biology (with integrated foundation year)

UCAS Code: C111

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,D-D,D,D

Access to HE Diploma

M:21,P:24

Must be science based, need to pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3

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

MPP-MMP

Scottish Higher

D,D,D,D-C,C,D,D

UCAS Tariff

56-72

56 -72 UCAS tariff points, must have studied Biology or Applied Science at Level 3.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Biology

There are so many careers that a biology degree can take you into thats why choice is at the heart of our human biology course to give you flexibility to specialise your studies.Youll get a firm foundation in scientific, intellectual and investigative skills to progress you onto the BSc (Hons) Biology programme.**Why Choose University of Cumbria**Weve designed this relevant and modern course to give you a broad understanding of biological principles, but importantly, the flexibility to specialise in either microbiology or molecular biology.Our learn-by-doing focus means you'll often put your academic knowledge to the test with practical sessions in our brand new laboratories - crucial skills for your future as a scientist.Plus, youll work in small learning groups, so tutors are always on hand to help with your studies and research.- Study in our new up-to-date labs to gain the practical skills employers demand- Build confidence planning and conducting experiments independently - crucial skills for your future as a scientist- Taught by academic staff, involved in research and passionate about their field- Small class sizes so we get to know you and can closely guide and support you- Flexible modules so you carve the course to suit your future career path- Explore current advances in human biology to keep up-to-date with scientific developments- Study topical clinical and environmental microbiology, such as Ebola- Learn and study about genetics, their patterns of inheritance and mutations- We aim to boost your knowledge and research of topical issues affecting individuals worldwideSo, if youre fascinated by the human bodys genetics or perhaps you want to play a part in the exciting future fight against disease, this human biology course will enable you to study and research topical, worldwide issues affecting individuals.Students have gone on to work for major pharmaceutical companies, cancer research, undertaken postgraduate research or become teachers with 94% doing so within 6 months of graduating. So, give your future career in science the edge with our modern human biology degree.

Modules

You will gain a firm foundation in scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge from which to progress onto your chosen BSc(Hons) programme whether that be Biology, Zoology, Forensic Science, Conservation Biology or Animal Conservation Science. BSc Year 2: Introductory modules: ? Cell Biology ? Molecular Biology ? Introductory Biochemistry ? Human Anatomy and Physiology ? Introductory Microbiology and Immunology ? Introduction to Laboratory Science. BSc Year 3: ? Six modules are selected dependant on the pathway of choice: ? Infection and Immunity ? Applications in Molecular Biology ? Introduction to Bioinformatics ? Microbiological Techniques ? Human Genetics ? Medical Microbiology ? Biochemical Pathways ? Microbial Genetics ? Pharmacology and Physiology BSc Year 4: ? Research Project ? Modules are then selected depending on the pathway of choice. Specimen modules include: ? The Molecular Basis for Infection ? Medical Genetics etc.

Tuition fees

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England
£6,000
per year
EU
£6,000
per year
International
£7,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,000
per year
Scotland
£6,000
per year
Wales
£6,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Carlisle - Fusehill Street

Department:

Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biology (non-specific)

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
47%
2:1 or above
23%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
B

After graduation


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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.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sports and fitness occupations
19%
Therapy professionals
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£21k

£21k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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