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University of Sheffield

Ecology and Conservation Biology (3 years)

UCAS Code: C180
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Biology
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

including Biology and a second science. Human Biology is acceptable instead of Biology. Second science from Chemistry, Computer Science, Maths, Statistics, Physics, Geography, Psychology, Economics or Environmental Science/Studies.

Scottish Highers

including a second science plus grade B in Biology in Scottish Advanced Higher. Second science from Chemistry, Computer Science, Maths, Statistics, Physics, Geography, Psychology, Economics or Environmental Science/Studies.

Scottish Advanced Highers

in Biology plus AAABB including a second science in Scottish Highers. Second science from Chemistry, Computer Science, Maths, Statistics, Physics, Geography, Psychology, Economics or Environmental Science/Studies.

BTEC Diploma

in Applied Science with Distinctions in all Science units plus either a minimum of grade B in A level Biology or grade A in another A-level science.

International Baccalaureate

including 6 in Higher Level Biology and a second science Second science from Chemistry, Computer Science, Maths, Statistics, Physics, Geography, Psychology, Economics or Environmental Science/Studies.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 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

Our three-year BSc focuses on the ecology and conservation of living organisms with a focus on animals, plants and microbes and their interactions with humans and the environment. Specialist modules cover areas such as animal behaviour, evolutionary biology, ecology, genetics, ecotoxicology, conservation, biodiversity and climate change. Our academic reputation, and our proximity to the Peak District National Park – 555 square miles of extraordinary natural habitat – makes us a first-choice university for the study of ecosystems and the threats they face. Facilities to support our ecology and conservation work in the department include climate simulation chambers, experimental gardens, artificial ponds and labs for DNA analysis. The course is flexible. There are numerous modules available, across all major areas of biology, so you can design your degree to suit your interests. There are also optional field courses in the Peak District National Park (UK), Anglesey (UK), Ireland, Arctic Sweden, the Mediterranean, the tropical rainforest in Borneo and the plains of Tanzania. These run in the summer between the second and third year. The Times Good University Guide has put Sheffield in the UK top 5 for biosciences every year since 2009.


University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Forget northern grit Sheffield is in the heart of a vibrant, student-friendly city mixed with halls in leafy suburbs on the edge of the Peak District. A red brick with a thoroughly modern outlook, an award-winning Students' Union complete with 47 sports clubs and more than 250 societies - and a 24-hour library makes for The Full Monty of a student experience.

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?

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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
16% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
58% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
429 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
94% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% 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 94% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are conservation and environment professionals


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


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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