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University of Reading

Biological Sciences

UCAS Code: C100

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

A level Biology and one other science at grade B. Acceptable Science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

including relevant science units.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

Principal subjects must include Biology and one other science.

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Biology and one other science at grade 5 at Higher Level.

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

DDD

including relevant science modules.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

Biology and one other science at grade B.

UCAS Tariff

120-141

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

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Biological sciences

If you are passionate about biology and want to find out more about the many different aspects of our living world, then this is the course for you.

With a wide variety of modules available, you can choose to study those that really align with your interests. You can also specialise in a particular area such as ecology and wildlife, where you will develop an understanding of ecology, conservation biology and humankind's impact on biodiversity, or human biology, where you will develop understanding of human physiology and the basis of disease.

Our teaching staff are experts in their fields and you will have access to a range of research facilities and resources, including a purpose-built microbiology building, spectrophotometers, centrifuges and ultracentrifuges and real-time PCR. Outside of the labs, our award-winning campus is home to over 1,000 different animal species and is extremely useful for learning fieldwork skills. We are also home to the Cole Museum of Zoology and a herbarium, which house vast collections and offers volunteering opportunities.

There is a strong practical element to this course which means that in addition to gaining subject specifc knowledge you will also develop skills in carrying out fundamental cellular and molecular techniques.

Optional field courses run throughout the degree and offer the chance to apply your skills and knowledge in a different environment. Past fieldtrip locations have included Devon, South Africa, Florida and Spain. In your final year you could spend 11 weeks working on an original research project using cutting edge facilities and equipment; previous topics have focused on gene therapy of muscular dystrophy, emerging viral infections, the regulation of the stress response, stem cell biology, the spread of cancer and the control of blood clotting.

We provide advice on finding placements and have a dedicated staff member to support you in this. Previous students having undertaken paid vacation studentships funded by external organisations such as the Wellcome Trust and the Nuffield Foundation.

**Careers**

During the course, emphasis is placed on developing transferable skills such as computer literacy, information retrieval, data handling and communication skills.

You could find employment in a wide range of roles across sectors including healthcare, agriculture, commercial manufacturing, environmental management and publishing. You may also decide to take up a research career or move into further study.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

* Evolutionary processes
* Cancer and cell communication
* Venoms and poisons
* Bacterial pathogens
* Mammals: diversity, behaviour and conservation

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

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
£20,315
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Biological Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biosciences

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

Biosciences

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
Animal care and control services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

These stats refer to the prospects of graduates from general courses in biosciences. About a quarter go into further study and for those who go into work, bioscience, teaching and finance jobs are the most common types of employment. But you can go into most careers with this kind of degree — the majority of jobs for graduates don’t ask for a particular degree subject - and you will acquire a wide range of skills valued by many employers. If you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

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