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Aston University, Birmingham

Neuroscience

UCAS Code: B140

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

BBB in three A levels subjects which must include one science from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. BBC in three A level subjects which must include one science from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics plus B in an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths. BCC in three A level subjects which must include one science from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics for Contextual offer students (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer). Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Subjects Accepted: Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Biosciences, Combined Sciences, Health Sciences, Health Sciences Professions, Life Sciences and Sciences.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

31 points overall and must include grades 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects which must include one from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Mathematics and English.

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

DD

With this BTEC you must also achieve a grade B in A level from one science from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. Contextual offer students need to achieve a grade C at A level in one science from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer).

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

D

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A level from one science from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. Contextual offer students need to achieve a grade BC in two A level in one science from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer).

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

DDD

With this BTEC you must also achieve a grade B at A level in one science from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. Contextual offer students need to achieve a grade C at A level in one science from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer).

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,B

Which must include one science from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

UCAS Tariff

120-135

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

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Neuroscience

Our four year BSc (Hons) Neuroscience course with integrated placement gives you a practical and hands-on approach, giving you access to the most up to date and high-tech equipment, enabling you to engage with the newest techniques in basic and applied research. It has been designed to provide you with the perfect first step towards a future career in one of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas of life and medical sciences.

Our course differs from many undergraduate neuroscience courses in the UK, with a key focus on acquiring practical skills - an advantage that will set you apart from the graduate crowd.

You’ll work closely with active neuroscience researchers working on ground-breaking projects and study a range of modules designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating world of brain function.

During the course you will get the opportunity to:
- Learn pharmacology through tissue bath experiments.

- Perform EEG and EMG recordings and analyse the data with research-grade tools.

- Undertake complex brain-slice recordings to discover how drugs work and how our brains are organised and function.

- Explore how natural toxins and nerve agents are used in the research lab to discover how our brain cells talk to each other.

- Discover more about the major diseases and disorders of the nervous system.

- Hear from leading clinicians in our guest lectures.

- Understand how research conducted at Aston University into areas like Parkinson’s, autism, dyslexia, epilepsy and developmental cognitive neuroscience is impacting the wider field of study

The integrated placement will give you real world experience, designed to help you stand out. You can choose to complete this year in a variety of settings, from research laboratories to pharmaceutical industries. For more information, please visit our website.

**Key course benefits:**

- Access to state-of-the-art neuroscience laboratory equipped with research-grade brain slice recording systems.

- Unlock your understanding of the brain and nervous system, from the microscope to the whole organism.

- Top 30 in the UK overall (Aston University, Guardian University Guide, 2021).

- 1st in the UK for Value Added (Aston University, The Guardian University Guide, 2020).

- Enhance your CV and gain experience with the integrated placement year.

Modules

Year 1
Experience a thorough and ‘hands-on’ grounding in the core principles and techniques used in neuroscience through a mixture of lectures and practical experience.Core modules: Research Methods and Statistics, Psychology and the Brain, Neuroscience Practicals 1, Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Genetics for Neuroscience, Key Skills in Neurosciences 1, and Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience.

Year 2
Build upon the knowledge that you gained in your first year by studying the foundations of neuroscience in greater depth, along with a range of specialist subjects. Core modules: Pills and Poisons, Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience, Research Methods, Systems Neuroscience, Key Skills in Neurosciences 2, Receptors and Ion Channels, and Neuroscience Practicals 2.

Placement year
Gain valuable career boosting experience by setting your studies in a real world context of a working environment alongside professionals. Placements can be taken in the UK, EU or internationally.

Final year
Complete an original piece of neuroscience research, expand your knowledge through a series of core modules and focus in on areas of particular interest by selecting from a range of optional modules. Core modules: Brain Disorders and Disease, and Research Project. In addition you complete a series of specialist optional modules.

For more information, please visit our website.

Assessment methods

Our practical-intensive course means that you get to understand high-level concepts early in your journey and pick up laboratory skills that put you in an excellent place to secure employment and choose exiting placements. You will be taught by staff from neuroscience, pharmacy, pharmacology and psychology teaching groups, and encounter a variety of learning opportunities from lectures and practical sessions to group work and self-study. We also run a regular small-group tutorials throughout the course, this helps to cement the key learning outcomes of our teaching and makes sure that you feel happy and supported.

We utilise a wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes such as: examinations (unseen essay, short answer or multiple choice questions), essays, practical reports (group or individual), presentations, laboratory reports, project work, computer based assessment, and peer assessments.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
International
£19,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

Aston Pharmacy School

TEF rating:
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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


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Average annual salary
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100%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

99%
Health professionals
0%
Health associate professionals
0%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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