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University of Exeter

Biological Sciences with Professional Placement

UCAS Code: C101

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

Entry requirements


A level

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

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

Access to HE Diploma

D:12,M:21

Pass the Access to HE with 12 L3 credits at Distinction grade and 21 L3 credits at Merit grade. 12 L3 credits at Merit Grade in Biology and another 12 L3 credits in at Merit grade in another science must also be included. Please also see GCSE entry requirements

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

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.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

D*DD-DDD

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

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A-A,B,B

Biology and another science subject at Grade B required

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A-A,A,A,B,B


Biology and another science subject at Grade B required

UCAS Tariff

136-168

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

89%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Biology

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

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Exeter (Exeter Campuses)

Department:

Biosciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
med
Biology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A
471

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
78%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

5%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
5%
Childcare and related personal services
5%
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.

Biological and sport sciences

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

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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