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University of South Wales

Biology (Including Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: 3W6M

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

Entry requirements


A level

E,E

To include one Science subject and to exclude General Studies. 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.

Access to HE Diploma

D:0,M:0,P:45

Science or Mathematics Access required. Combinations of credits amounting to the same tariff points are acceptable – if you have any questions please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk.

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

PPP

Relevant subject required. 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

32

To include one Science subject and to exclude General Studies. 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.

86%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


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Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time | 2019

Subject

Biology

If you don’t quite have the right qualifications to start our three year BSc (Hons) Biology degree or if you want to gain more confidence in higher level work, you could opt to start your studies with a foundation year. Are you fascinated by the scientific study of living organisms, from the molecular details of disease causing bacteria through to the ecology and evolution of large mammals? Our MBiol Biology degree is ideal if you have a keen interest in living organisms and want to gain an all-round knowledge of the subject of Biology. This complex and enthralling area of science defines our very existence, and graduates of biology degrees are well equipped to address some of the biggest problems facing our world such as how to combat antibiotic resistance, or how species adapt to climate change.

Based in our state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching rooms, you’ll study a wide range of stimulating topics, and develop the broad foundation of knowledge and solid practical experience that is required to start an exciting scientific career. The acquisition of theory will be complemented by the practical application of skills on field courses in the UK and abroad (additional costs apply to overseas field courses). Our Biology degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Modules

Foundation year
Foundation Statistics
Foundations of Mathematics
Essentials of Science
Foundation Biology
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Foundation Chemistry
Physical Science
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
£12,600
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.

84%
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

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
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

84%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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