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University of Surrey

Biological Sciences

UCAS Code: 7C53

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,B,B

Overall: ABB - BBB We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers. Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry 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). Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application.

Overall: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including between: 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit - 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit Required subjects: This must include 15 credits in Biology or Chemistry and 15 credits in a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: English and Maths grade C (4). Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application.

Extended Project

A

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4). Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Overall: 32 Required subjects: HL5/SL6 in Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: English and Maths HL4/SL4. Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

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

DDM-DDD

Overall: DDD - DDM in Applied Science (please contact us if you are taking a different BTEC). GCSE or Equivalent: English and Maths grade C (4). Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B-A,B,B

Overall: ABB - BBB Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: Scottish National 5: English Language - C Scottish National 5: Maths - C Applicants must have achieved the Scottish national grades at the time of making their application.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B-A,A,B,B,B


Overall: AABBB - ABBBB Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: Scottish National 5: English Language - C Scottish National 5: Maths - C Applicants must have achieved the Scottish national grades at the time of making their application.

Overall: Pass overall with ABB - BBB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A levels. Applicants taking an A level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

UCAS Tariff

120-152

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

92%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Biological sciences

**Why choose this course**
Surrey’s biological sciences courses are ranked among the top 10 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2019). We’re also ranked 4th for overall student satisfaction in molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry in the National Student Survey 2018.

Our BSc Biological Sciences gives you the exciting opportunity to study biology in its widest sense. As you study, you’ll be able to specialise your course to reflect your emerging interests and prepare you for the career you aspire to.

You’ll also have access to our recently opened £10 million Innovation for Health learning laboratories.

**What you will study**
Our BSc Biological Sciences course will give you the opportunity to study biological structure and function at various levels, from molecules to cells, whole organisms, and beyond into communities and ecosystems.

You’ll develop your knowledge in a number of current areas including environmental impact, human and animal health issues, and food security.

You’ll study the topics that are fundamental to biosciences and will have opportunities to specialise and tailor your degree, particularly in your final year, to the areas that interest you.

The skills you will develop include critical thinking, the ability to solve problems, evaluate evidence and analyse data. These skills will be with you for life and prepare you for a wide variety of careers.

Modules

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.

Tuition fees

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

The Uni


Course location:

University of Surrey

Department:

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (FHMS)

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biosciences

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
5%
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.

Biosciences

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.

£21,500
high
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Health associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

These stats refer to the prospects of graduates from general courses in biosciences. About a quarter go into further study and for those who go into work, bioscience, teaching and finance jobs are the most common types of employment. But you can go into most careers with this kind of degree — the majority of jobs for graduates don’t ask for a particular degree subject - and you will acquire a wide range of skills valued by many employers. If you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

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