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Biological Sciences

Entry requirements


102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades

104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two principal subjects.

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language or English Literature, Mathematics and Science grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications. We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-31

28 - 31 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects

104 tariff points (Grade D*D)

112 tariff points (Grade DMM)

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

104 tariff points (Grade D*D)

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

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

DMM

112 tariff points (Grade DMM)

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff

104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

The entry requirements for this course are 104-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications.

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

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 | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Biosciences

This hands-on BSc course will equip you with a wealth of biological knowledge and the practical skills to tackle some of the world's greatest challenges. From genes to ecosystems, you will explore the fundamentals of life on Earth and how this knowledge can be applied to make positive changes to individuals, societies and global environments.

The first year consolidates and develops your core knowledge and understanding of biological chemistry, cell biology, human physiology and evolutionary biology. In addition, you'll develop important practical laboratory and scientific skills that will form the basis of future successes in academic writing and experimental design. You'll start to define your pathway through the degree, begin to specialise as a biological scientist and identify potential placement opportunities.

Year two provides opportunities to explore your chosen subjects in greater depth. With guidance from expert academics you'll start to take ownership of your knowledge by developing your own project ideas and considering potential career paths. You'll explore connections between subjects and gain an appreciation of how professional research is conducted. At this point you might also choose to undertake a 30-week placement.

The final year offers further opportunities to specialise in your biological disciplines and really focuses your mind on career paths. You'll develop and complete a defining capstone dissertation project that will highlight your abilities and interests – ending the degree as an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and skilled biological scientist.

Our students in the Life and Environmental Sciences Department often work in partnership with staff to co-create research, collaborating with professionals and assisting with placement opportunities. You can learn more about this and the exciting opportunities available at our Co-creating Science web page. Graduates from this degree have gone on to work in industries surrounding biotechnology, forensic and biomedical research, environmental science and education to name a few.

Modules

You will study a number of units including biological research skills, cell biology, chemistry, diversity of life, human anatomy and physiology, practical skills in biology, advances skills in biological sciences, evolutionary biology, independent research project along with a number of optional units.

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
£15,000
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bournemouth University

Department:

Department of Life and Environmental Sciences

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?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
16%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
E
C

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.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
36%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
Childcare and related personal services

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biosciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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