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University of Portsmouth

Biology

UCAS Code: C100

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

Entry requirements


112 Tariff points to include 3 A levels, with Biology at grade B. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement.

112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 54, to include a Principal Subject in Biology at M2.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 6 points from a Higher Level in Biology. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

To include Higher Level Biology at H3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM

Must be in a Science subject.

112 Tariff points, to include Biology at grade C.

UCAS Tariff

112

112 points to include 3 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from A level Biology. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement.

99%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Biology

**Overview**
Are you excited by the natural world and want to be on the frontline of tackling issues like fighting disease, protecting endangered species, and combating food and water shortages?

This accredited BSc (Hons) Biology degree course gives you the knowledge and skills to support your interest in living things.

With it, you can build a career in education, research, scientific journalism or the biotechnology and environmental sectors. You'll also be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Society of Biology.

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means your qualification is recognised in the industry. This gives you an edge over those who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

**What you'll experience**
On this degree course, you'll:
- Develop your knowledge and abilities by learning from internationally recognised scientists who are leading the way in their respective fields

- Cover areas at the forefront of scientific endeavour, including biotechnology, ecology, cell biology and molecular biology

- Put your knowledge to work in the lab, using world-class equipment and the latest technology

- Specialise in subjects that interest you most, from marine and terrestrial biology, to molecular genetics

- Develop problem-solving, communication and numeracy skills alongside technical skills

- Explore the diversity of local ecosystems and go on field trips to UK and tropical destinations such as Lulworth Cove, Devon and Mexico

- Have the chance to study abroad on a conservation or research scheme

- Equipment you can use on this course includes:

- molecular biology instrumentation

- chemical analysis facilities for detecting pollutants

- fluorescence microscopes, scanning and transmission electron microscopes

**Facilities you can use include:**
- microbiology and embryology laboratories with high-tech imaging and gene analysis equipment

- ancient DNA preparation and analysis laboratories

- water quality laboratory

- the European Xenopus Resource Centre

- research greenhouse

**Careers and opportunities**
What can you do with a Biology degree?
Completing this BSc (Hons) Biology degree course will open doors to further study and academic research. As a modern biologist, you can also put your degree to work in areas such as:
- biotechnology

- the food industry

- science administration

- biomedical research

- environmental consultancy

- teaching

**What jobs can you do with a Biology degree?**
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- research scientist

- science technician

- grant administrator

- medical writer

- biomedical sales specialist

- ecological surveyor

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. We'll support you for up to 5 years after you graduate.

Modules

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.

Assessment methods

We use various methods of assessment on this course including written exams, coursework in the form of essays and practical write-ups, presentations, multiple choice tests and a research project in the final year.

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
£15,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

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

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
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

90%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

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.

£18,096
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Science, engineering and production technicians
10%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Public services and other associate professionals
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.

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