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University of Exeter

Biological Sciences with Professional Placement

UCAS Code: C101
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide

136-165

% applicants receiving offers

40%

Subjects
  • Biology
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£18.3k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
A*,A,A-A,A,B

Excluding General Studies Biology and another A-level science subject at Grade B

Scottish Highers
A,A,A,A,A-A,A,A,B,B

Biology and another science subject at Grade B required

Scottish Advanced Highers
A,A,A-A,B,B

Biology and another science subject at Grade B required

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
D*DD-DDD

Biology and another A-level science subject at Grade B required

International Baccalaureate
38-34

Applicants will be considered with IB 38-34 OR 766 or 665 in three Higher Level subjects. All applicant will be required to have Grade 5 in HL Biology and another Science Subject.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136-165 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

40%

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

£9,250

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

This four-year version of the BSc Biological Sciences degree includes a year spent undertaking a professional placement between the second and final years. You will spend this third year working in an appropriate business or industry with services in biological research, analysis or consultancy. Biological Sciences is our most popular and flexible degree programme, giving you the option to design either a broad-based biology degree or a more focused degree specialising in areas of biology that interest you. You will have the opportunity to follow one of three specialisms – animal biology, microbiology and infectious disease or molecular and cellular biology – and graduate with your chosen specialism named as part of your degree title, eg, BSc Biological Sciences (Animal Biology). After a foundation first year, which covers the range of biology from molecules to ecosystems, you have complete freedom of module choice in your second and final years. Options range from forensic science to the ecology of environmental change; from mammalian biology to medical biotechnology; from human molecular biology to a coral reef field course. You can shape your degree as you wish – following one of the named specialisms outlined above, or in other areas, whilst keeping your biological choices broad. Our Biological Sciences degree leads to a variety of employment and further study opportunities in a wide spectrum of bioscience-related areas and can also act as an excellent foundation for non science-related career paths. Why study Biological Sciences at Exeter? •study a broad-based biology curriculum with the scope to specialise as you progress, including the option to follow one of three named specialisms that can be reflected in the degree title with which you graduate •experience teaching graded nationally as ‘Excellent’ with staff who are research leaders •work in state-of-the-art learning facilities •undertake field courses overseas or in the UK •acquire key transferable skills and knowledge •carry out challenging independent research •graduate with outstanding employment prospects

Modules

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Streatham Campus

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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 89%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

79%

Staff made the subject interesting

88%

Library resources are satisfactory

89%

Feedback on work has been helpful

70%

Feedback on work has been prompt

78%

Staff are good at explaining things

95%

Staff value students' opinions

78%

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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
62% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
471 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% 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 97% MED
Average graduate salary £18.3k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

7%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

6%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

4%

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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