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University of York

Biotechnology and Microbiology

UCAS Code: CJ57

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Essential Subjects: Biology and a second Science are essential. We consider the following subjects to be sciences for the purpose of admissions: Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Psychology, Statistics, and Computer Science. Human Biology is also accepted in place of Biology. Excluded Subjects: General Studies and Critical Thinking Information: Applicants taking Science A levels that include a practical component will be required to pass.

Access to HE Diploma

D:36,M:9

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher including units in Biology and a second Science.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

Cambridge Pre-U Biology and a second Science are essential.

Extended Project

B

We recognise the value of this qualification and for this programme you will be eligible for a reduced offer of one grade below the typical offer, where an EPQ is taken alongside 3 A Levels or equivalent and you achieve a mark of grade B or higher.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

With 6 in Higher Level Biology and a second Science.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

We consider a range of OCR qualifications equivalent to 3 A Levels, or in combination with A Levels or other qualifications. A Level in Biology and a second Science (or equivalent qualification) are essential. We may also consider relevant units in your OCR Cambridge Technical as A Level equivalent.

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

DDD

We consider a range of BTEC qualifications equivalent to 3 A Levels, or in combination with A levels or other qualifications. A Level in Biology and a second Science (or equivalent qualification) are essential. We also consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science with all 7 mandatory units plus 3 units from units 8,9,10,11,12,17 and 20 or 2 units from this list plus 1 from 13,14,18 and 19.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B

Acceptable in conjunction with Scottish Highers. Advanced Higher Biology and a second Science are essential.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B

Only acceptable in conjunction with Scottish Advanced Highers.

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

A-B

We will consider this qualification alongside or in combination with A Levels or other qualifications, as equivalent to one A Level.

UCAS Tariff

104-159

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

79%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich including industrial placement | 2020

4.0 years | Full-time with time abroad | 2020

Subjects

Biotechnology

Microbiology

Microorganisms are an important but often misunderstood form of life. The causative agents of many diseases, microbes can also be exploited as "cell factories" to produce a wide range of useful products, provide the means to decontaminate polluted environments and act as models for understanding biological processes. At York you will learn about the practical application of biological knowledge to economically important areas, such as health, food and the environment.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£21,330
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of York

Department:

Biology

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%
med
Microbiology

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.

Engineering and technology

Sorry, no information to show

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?

55%
UK students
45%
International students
79%
Male students
21%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
29%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Microbiology and cell science

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
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
78%
IT resources
98%
Course specific equipment and facilities
89%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

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.

Technology

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.

£27,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
0%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

43%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
39%
Engineering professionals
3%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

Microbiology and cell science

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Natural and social science professionals
14%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

If you want a career in microbiology, then this is the degree to take. The recession hit the job market for microbiologists particularly badly, but things have improved very significantly since then, and microbiologists are now amongst the most employable biological sciences graduates. We don't produce many graduates in the subject every year and a lot take further qualifications on graduating. Microbiology graduates who want to leave the lab can find jobs in most industries - not just in health and hospitals, but in the food and drink, water and ecology sectors, too.

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