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Biological Sciences (with Foundation Year)

Entry requirements


A Pass in a science subject at AS or A2. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.

Level 3 credits in science.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C / 4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level two Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.

A pass in a higher level science subject.

A minimum of O4 in a science subject.

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

PPP

You will need a minimum of three units in a Science subject. You may be asked to do more based on the size of your units. Please list the units you are studying in your application. For further advice on acceptable units, please email us.

You must be studying Science. For further advice on acceptable subjects please email us.

UCAS Tariff

48

About this course


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Course option

5.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Other options

6.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Biological sciences

MSci Biological Sciences (with Foundation Year) is about the application of biological science to the real world.

This master's-level degree is an ideal platform if you’re looking to pursue a research career, develop your communication and presentation skills, or simply delve deeper into the biological sciences.

Study in our microbiology or genetics labs. Go on an expedition to Madagascar or a Cuban island. Learn about primate ecology at Bristol Zoo. Discover modern methods and technology, and explore life from the molecular level to the scale of ecosystems.

This course offers opportunities to build essential practical experience through placements, internships, fieldwork and residential trips in the UK and abroad.
Building on the strengths of our BSc, the fourth year of the course focuses on research and the research process. You’ll apply your academic knowledge to contemporary issues, delve into the areas that most interest you, and expand your career horizons.

After qualifying, you can go into graduate-level jobs in a diverse range of organisations. You could pursue careers in biological sciences, working in research and development in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and agrochemical sectors. You could also work in sales, marketing or education, study for a postgraduate qualification or pursue a research career.

The Uni


Course location:

Frenchay Campus

Department:

Department of Applied Sciences

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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.

83%
med
Biological sciences

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.

Biosciences (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
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

71%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
E

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
36%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Other elementary services occupations
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

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.

£18k

£18k

£24k

£24k

£26k

£26k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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