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


% applicants receiving offers


  • Biotechnology
Student score
92% HIGH
% employed or in further study
93% MED
Average graduate salary
Not Available
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Overall: ABB We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers. Required subjects: Biology and a second science or Mathematics. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass. GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4).

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB Required subjects: Biology and a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: Scottish National 5: English Language - C Scottish National 5: Maths - C

Scottish Advanced Highers

Overall: ABB Required subjects: Biology and a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: Scottish National 5: English Language - C Scottish National 5: Maths - C

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD in Applied Science (please contact us if you are taking a different BTEC). GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4).

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32 Required subjects: HL5/SL6 in Biology and a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: English and Maths HL4/SL4.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 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

Biotechnology is the study of the systems that govern gene expression and metabolic pathways, and how manipulation of these systems can be applied to the use of microbes as ‘cell factories’ to make gene therapies, replace missing components in defective cells and synthesise therapeutic drugs from by-products of microbial metabolism. The introduction of gene analysis and other developments from the ‘post-genomic era’ are continuing to provide technologies that enable the manipulation of microbial genes to enhance the production of valuable metabolites that can be used, for example, as medicines or fuels. Microbial ‘cell factories’ are used to produce drugs for treating such diverse conditions as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, haemophilia and cancer, as well as curing infections. A fungal mating factor is even used for preventing tissue rejection after transplant operations.


To see the full range of modules for this course please visit our website – the link is under the Course contact details, to the right. You will also find full details of the programme, including programme structure, assessment methods, contact hours and Graduate prospects.

University of Surrey

University entrance

Giving students a competitive edge for their future. That's what we do, and it's what we have been doing since our first students passed through our doors in 1894. The beautiful, landscaped grounds of the University campus are an ideal place to study, relax and socialise in. Safe and secure, the campus has a friendly, close-knit and cosmopolitan community.

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?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 92% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
17% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
57% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
466 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
87% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
0% 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 93% MED
Average graduate salary Not Available
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are electrical and electronic trades


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This is a new and emerging field of technology and not many people completed degrees in biotechnology last year — it’s more common as a Masters degree. Further study is common for graduates as research jobs usually require a postgraduate qualification. Those who do go straight into work typically go into a range of biology and lab jobs in several different industries, but a good grade can be particularly important for this qualification, so bear that in mind.
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