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


% applicants receiving offers


  • Biology
Student score
86% MED
% employed or in further study
99% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

112 Tariff points to include 3 A levels, with Biology at grade B. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Must be in a Science subject.

International Baccalaureate

17 points at Higher Level, to include 6 points from Higher Level Biology. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

UCAS tariff points

112 points to include 3 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from A level Biology. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 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

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology and aims to develop an understanding of the key areas of animal, plant and micro-organism biology. Taught by internationally-recognised research scientists, you will cover areas at the forefront of modern scientific endeavours such as biotechnology, ecology, biochemistry and molecular biology. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE The School of Biological Sciences has major pure and applied research groups, with their research rated internationally-excellent and world-leading. As a result, many of our graduates have gone on to do higher degrees and are now involved in active research groups of their own or are prominent figures in research-led industries. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This course is for individuals aiming to specialise in subject areas from marine and terrestrial biology to molecular genetics. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED Biological science graduates are highly sought after as they possess the logic, problem-solving, communication and numeracy skills suitable for a variety of areas. Graduates are eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Society of Biology. AFTER THE COURSE Many graduates continue with their studies but as a newly qualified modern biologist, you may find employment in diverse areas like the biotechnology or food industry, science administration and communication, biomedical research, environmental consultancy and teaching.


Our biology course teaches the fundamental concepts and practical skills for biological sciences in your first year. Core units in this year include biodiversity and evolution, an introduction to cell biology and biochemistry, marine and terrestrial ecology, microbiology and molecular biology, experimental biology and graduate skills At the end of you first year you can transfer to one of the other degree pathways within the School, should your interests change. In your second year you will build on the solid foundations across the basic biological disciplines and begin to specialise. In your final year you will perform an individual research-led project, which may be undertaken locally or abroad. You also have the option to further tailor the course to your own interests.

University of Portsmouth

The library

Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city on the south coast with a rich maritime history. A flat and compact city, Portsmouth is easy to get around on foot or by bike and most University buildings are located in the centre. There is always plenty going on, whether in the bustle of the city centre or in the fresh air and open spaces of the seafront and the common.

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 86% 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
11% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
51% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
8% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
294 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
82% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% 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 99% HIGH
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


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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