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University of Southampton

Biology

UCAS Code: C100

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

AAB to include Biology and one further science subject. A level science subjects considered include Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Science practical components must be passed. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry.

The University of Southampton recognises the educational value of taking AS Levels alongside three A Levels and the breadth of studying additional subjects. However, all of our programmes express their entry criteria in terms of three subjects offered at A Level with selection decisions being informed, in part, by actual or predicted grades in those subjects (excluding General Studies, Use of Maths and Critical Thinking).

Access to HE Diploma

D:45

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 of which 45 credits must be at Distinction. A core science Access to HE Diploma must be studied.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

D3, D3, M2 to include Biology and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology and Geography. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

Pass with overall score of 34 points, with 17 points required at higher level, including 5 and 6 points at Higher Level in Biology and one further science subject Science subjects considered include Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

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

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2

H1, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 to include Biology and one further science subject. Science subjects considered include Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at ILC Grade C or 04, the equivalent of GCSE grade C/grade 4.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

DD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

DDD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

D*D

D*D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D

D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

D*D*

D*D* + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

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

DD

DD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

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

D

D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

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

DDD

DDD + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

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

D

D + AA at A-Level (or equivalent), to include Biology and one further science subject.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual's academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of the pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton's Curriculum for Excellence Scotland statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty Admissions Office for more information. Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

We normally consider applicants who offer at least 1 Advanced Higher. Applicants presenting with only Highers will be considered on a case by case basis. Where Highers are taken over two years it might be expected that higher grades are achieved, particularly in any specific subjects required. (For example - S5 - S6 (2 years) - AABBB (A in specific subject) or S6 (1 year) - ABBBB (A in specific subject) Please see the University of Southampton's Curriculum for Excellence Scotland statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences Admissions Office for more information.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A-B

AAB from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-Levels, to include Biology and one further science subject.

UCAS Tariff

136-147

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90%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Biology

Discover the science of life processes from molecules and cells to whole organisms and ecosystem. This three-year degree is a flexible programme that prepares you for a broad choice of potential careers including working within the agricultural sector, being involved in conservation and the environment, to jobs in medicine, biotechnology or business.
Students are taught by our expert staff who are actively engaged in high-profile research. Our state-of-the-art life sciences building provides a range of modern facilities such as plant growth, tissue culture and invertebrate facilities.
You will explore diverse biosciences subject matter and gain extensive practical experience from a variety of field trips in the UK, Belize and Spain. You can also benefit from the close links we have with the nearby Marwell Wildlife organisation.

Modules

Patterns of Life - Macromolecules of Life - Systems Physiology -Cell Biology & Genetics - Experimental and Field Biology
Ecology & Evolution - Core Skills in the Life Sciences. Metabolism & Metabolic Disorders - Integrative Mammalian Physiology
Cell and Tissue Histology - Introduction to Marine Ecology - The Living Earth. Compulsory Modules Quantitative Methods in Biological and Environmental Science - Evolution - Plant Development and Function. Bioinformatics and Systems Biology - Cancer & Chromosome Biology - Biomedical Parasitology -Evolution and Development - Fluxes, Cycles, and Microbial Communities
Tropical Ecology Field Course - Behavioural Ecology Visit the course page for compulsory and optional module information.

Assessment methods

Assessment of your knowledge base is through a combination of written examinations and assessed coursework
in the form of laboratory and fieldwork practical reports, essays and project reports and presentations.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£21,580
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Biological Sciences

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.

87%
high
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

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
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

91%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
98%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
10%
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.

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
74%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Business, finance and related 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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