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University of the West of Scotland

Applied Bioscience BSc Hons (Sandwich)

UCAS Code: C710

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

Including Biology or Human Biology

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Including Biology or Human Biology

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

H3,H3,H3,H4

Including Biology or Human Biology

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C

Including Biology or Human Biology

UCAS Tariff

102

Including Biology or Human Biology

91%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

5years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

This programme equips you with the skills to pursue a career within biological sciences, in disciplines such as molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology. Career options include clinical, food & beverage, environmental or industrial sectors, research and teaching. Graduates are eligible for membership of the Royal Society of BiologyWork-related learning is available, including an optional 12-week placement or one-year sandwich placement. Students have undertaken placements with organisations such as the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow, Devro and Controlled Therapeutics (Scotland) Ltd.Career paths include research; analysis; production and quality assurance; sales and marketing; clinical trials and the traditional bio-industries such as brewing and food processing. MSc or PhD options are available for graduates.This qualification is acceptable for embarking on teacher training (Biology and Science) courses.Successful graduates automatically fulfil the educational requirements of Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology.95% STUDENT SATISFACTION NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY 2016

Modules

Year 1: A general introduction to various biological disciplines, from cell and molecular aspects to ecological and environmental topics. You will choose a number of electives, based on your interests and career plans. Additionally, you will receive an introduction to the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle.

Year 2:Studies include aspects of cell biology, cell culture, pharmacology, biochemistry, microbiology and genetics (some not available on both campuses).

Year 3:You may decide to concentrate your studies on the molecular aspects of bioscience (protein structure and function, DNA technology, immune-techniques and pharmacology). Certain campuses also offer an extended treatment of biochemistry, microbiology and human physiology, and specialist disciplines including animal behaviour and entomology.

Case study and work-related learning is possible and a valuable option is a 12-week (or shorter) work placement. The work placement takes into account your interests and is normally in a bioscience laboratory in a biotechnology, pharmaceutical or analytical company, or in a hospital laboratory. The placement enhances your employability and is preparation for your Year 4 project.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Paisley Campus

Department:

Health and Life Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biosciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
26%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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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.

£16,736
low
Average annual salary
84%
low
Employed or in further education
95%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
19%
Science, engineering and production technicians
14%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Around 2,500 graduates got degrees in this demanding but valuable subject last year. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications - over a third of graduates in the subject took this option - but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot to choose from. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, as well as in education, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are particularly likely to get jobs in London and the South East.

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