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University of Nottingham

Environmental Biology

UCAS Code: C150
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Biology
Student score
85% MED
% employed or in further study
92% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

at least two science-based subjects at A level (biology required; chemistry, environmental science, geography, maths and physics accepted) and an additional A level or equivalent. A pass is required in science practicals where taken. Citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and leisure studies not accepted.

Scottish Highers

This qualification is only accepted in combination with two Scottish Advanced Highers at grades AB-BB, in two science subjects (biology required; chemistry, environmental science, geography, maths and physics accepted).

Scottish Advanced Highers

in two science subjects (biology required; chemistry, environmental science, geography, maths and physics accepted). This qualification is only accepted in combination with five Scottish Highers at grades ABBBB-BBBBB.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Science-based, such as Applied Science

International Baccalaureate

Including specified grades in two science subjects (biology required; chemistry, environmental science, geography, maths and physics accepted) at Higher Level and English language.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-141 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

This course, based at University Park Campus, combines modules from biological and environmental sciences, with a strong element of personal choice and flexibility regarding the areas in which you would like to specialise. We encourage you to apply and develop your knowledge in a range of environments; therefore, you will attend at least one residential field course in Devon and/or Malaysia, Sweden, or the Czech Republic. In addition, you can take advantage of an optional paid industry placement between years two and three, spending a year enhancing your skills and employability in your chosen field. Other opportunities include studying tropical environments for a semester or year at the University’s Malaysia Campus, studying abroad through our exchange programmes, or taking an extra year studying Computer Science at Nottingham.


In the first year you will gain a strong grounding in biological and environmental sciences with core modules in the major domains of life (animals, plants, microbes) and environmental processes such as nutrient recycling and the ecology and evolution of organisms. Optional modules include topics such as environmental archaeology. In year two you can specialise in areas of particular interest. Core modules include a residential field course in Devon. The wide range of optional modules includes the Tropical Environmental Science Field Course, based on Tioman Island (Malaysia), Animal Behaviour and Climate Change Science. In year three you will carry out a research project, often linked to current research being carried out by our academic staff. Optional modules include field courses on Arctic Ecology in Sweden, Biological Photography and Imaging, Geobiology and Bioethics.

University of Nottingham

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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 92%
Student score 85% 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
10% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
61% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
407 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% 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 92% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


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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