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University of South Wales

Biology

UCAS Code: C100

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-C,D,D

A-level Biology required. General Studies is not accepted. The A Level entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable – please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:24,P:6

Science or Mathematics Diploma required. The University makes offers to Access applicants in the range of 106-80 tariff points. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of credits amounting to the same tariff points are acceptable – if you have any questions please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

A*-D

We accept the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma in lieu of a third subject. The grade range for the Skills Challenge Certificate is the range within which the University will normally make offers. The grade will reflect what you would have been asked for from a third A Level. Please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM-MMP

The Extended Diploma must include Biology modules. The BTEC entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable – please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk.

UCAS Tariff

80-112

Biology is required. General Studies is not accepted. The tariff entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

92%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Biology

If you are fascinated by the world around you and want to understand how life on earth evolves, adapts and interacts, then this Biology degree is for you. Biology is the science of life. It is the scientific study of living organisms and the environment, and investigates levels of biological organisation from molecules up to ecosystems.This well-established Biology degree is ideal if you want an all-round knowledge of biology. Subjects range from medical microbiology to primatology, from genetics to tropical field ecology. In the second year Frontiers in Biology module, students work in teams to develop project ideas and explore current research in depth.As well as studying the varied habitats accessible in south Wales, our students have the opportunity to learn scientific diving techniques and develop field research skills in the tropical forests and coral reefs of either Asia, Central or South AmericaOur Biology degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, the professional body for biologists, so you can rest assured that this course provides the ideal preparation for a career in the field of biology.Our Biology degrees are based in our Glyntaff campus. USW Glyntaff is surrounded by green open spaces. Our students say they love the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful views.Home to our health, nursing, police, sport and science students, Glyntaff has state-of-the-art facilities including the latest science laboratories. You will also find a library, two cafes and a free regular shuttle bus to USW Treforest.

Modules

In the first year of your Biology degree you will gain a thorough grounding in key areas in biology, including microbiology, genetics, and ecology. You will also develop the techniques and skills to conduct work in the laboratory and in the field. You will begin to develop your transferable skills such as the ability to communicate effectively too.

The second year will expand your knowledge in core subject areas such as zoology, medical microbiology, GIS and human genetics. You will have the opportunity to study the latest research in a topic which interests you, and further develop your communication, problem solving, and teamwork skills. You are also able to choose from some optional modules, enabling you to tailor your biology degree to suit your own interests. There is the option for an overseas residential field trip.

During the third year of your Biology degree, you can specialise even further by choosing subject areas that best fit your career plans and passions. You will conduct an in-depth research project on a specific topic under the supervision of a member of staff, and you will have the opportunity to present the results of your research at an undergraduate internal conference.

Year One consists of the following modules:

Microorganisms and the Dynamic Cell (20 credits)
Genetics and Evolution (20 credits)
Biological Research Skills (20 credits)
Evolutionary Botany and Zoology (20 credits)
Principles of Ecology (20 credits)
Biological Chemistry (20 credits)
Year Two:

Human Molecular Genetics (20 credits)
Frontiers in Biology (20 credits)
GIS for the Biological Sciences (20 credits)
Vertebrate Zoology (20 credits)
Medical Microbiology (20 credits)
Plus one of:

Ecological and Wildlife assessment (20 credits)
Ethology (20 credits)
Tropical Ecology and Conservation (20 credits)
Metabolism and Biochemistry (20 credits)
Year Three:

Biology Research project (40 credits)
Humans and other primates (20 credits)
Agriculture, Evolution and Biotechnology (20 credits)
Then either two of:

Advanced Ecology (20 credits)
Marine and Freshwater Biology (20 credits)
Global Ecological Change (20 credits)
Or:
Tropical Medicine (20 credits)
Clinical and Molecular Immunology (20 credits)

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£12,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Pontypridd

Department:

Applied Sciences

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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.

65%
low
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

69%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

73%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
31%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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