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Biological Sciences

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,B

A Levels to include Biology/Applied Biology at grade C or above; two science A-levels are desirable which include Maths, Physics, Psychology, Geography, Sociology, Statistics (others) However those doing A level Biology and A levels in non-science subjects will be considered. We also count Bioscience Extended Project towards your total UCAS points. General Studies not accepted

Can be considered in combination with other Level 3 qualifications e.g. A2's in different subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30,P:0

Access Courses in Biology, Agriculture, Health and Health Sciences, Science, Medicine and Medical and Biosciences all accepted.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

To include Biology at Higher Level grade 5 and another Science at Higher Level grade 5 with Standard Level grade 5 required in English Language and Maths.

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

H4,H4,H4,H4,H4

Equivalent of 96 UCAS points with minimum of H3 in Biology or Human Biology.

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

MM

Applied Science and Applied Biology accepted. Applicants should also hold A Level Biology with a minimum of a grade C.

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

MMM-DDM

Applied Biology, Applied Science, Biology, Medical Science, Life Science, Biomedical Science, Environmental Science accepted.

Equivalent of 96 UCAS points with a minimum of a grade C in Biology or Human Biology.

UCAS Tariff

96-120

UCAS points from ideally 2 A-Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Biological sciences

**Why Choose Kingston**

- Kingston University is No.1 in London for Biosciences (Guardian League Table 2021).

- This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. You’ll receive one year’s free associate membership once you graduate.

- Through option modules, you can tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals.

- You can choose a four-year sandwich degree, with a year’s overseas study, or an industrial placement to give you a career head start.

**About the Course**

Genomic technology offers an unparalleled understanding of life on earth. This course reflects the latest developments and offers extensive training in genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics and evolutionary biology.

Practical work includes a laboratory and/or field based project, a data project or a systematic review. Project work might be based in a laboratory or organisation outside the University.

You’ll gain the knowledge, techniques and skills you need to boost your employability, ready for when you graduate.

Modules

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list:
Year 1:
LS4001 Genes, Cells and Tissues; LS4002 The Biochemical Foundations of Life; LS4003 Scientific and Laboratory Skills; LS4004 Human Physiology; LS4100 Accreditation Portfolio of Skills 1
Year 2:
Human Biology route -LS5002 Proteins and Metabolism; LS5004 Research Methods and Concepts in Evolutionary Biology; LS5014 Health and Exercise Physiology; LS5017; Sport and Exercise Psychology; LS5008 Infection and Immunity.
Medical Biology Route- LS5009 Pathobiology; LS5002 Proteins and Metabolism; LS5008 Infection and Immunity; LS5004 Research Methods and Concepts in Evolutionary Biology.
Genetics and Molecular Biology Route- LS5004 Research Methods and Concepts in Evolutionary Biology; LS5001 Molecular Biology of the Cell; LS5009 Pathobiology; LS5002 Proteins and Metabolism.
Year 3:
Human Biology Route- LS6014 Project (Bioscience); LS6004 Brain and Behaviour; LS6008 Medical Parasitology; LS6010 Contemporary Issues in Food and Nutrition; LS6018 Extreme Environments and Ergogenic Aids.
Medical Biology Route- LS6014 Project (Bioscience); LS6002 Current Concepts in Biomolecular Science; LS6008 Medical Parasitology; LS6003 Chemotherapy of Infectious and Neoplastic Disease; LS6005 Clinical Chemistry and Haematology; LS6006Clinical Immunology and Medical Microbiology
Genetics and Molecular Biology- LS6014 Project (Bioscience); LS6002 Current Concepts in Biomolecular Science; LS6001 Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics; LS6004 Brain and Behaviour; LS6002 Current Concepts in Biomolecular Science

Assessment methods

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, small group workshops and practical classes.

Assessment methods: for most modules, end-of-module exams contribute 50 to 60 per cent towards the overall mark. Coursework methods include practical classes, essays, group exercises, poster presentations and reports.

In the Year 3 project, you can produce either a laboratory and/or field-based project, or a library-based dissertation. You may be able to undertake the project in a laboratory or organisation outside the University.

Tuition fees

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

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

The Uni


Course location:

Kingston University

Department:

Department of Applied and Human 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.

90%
high
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

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
66%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

53%
Library resources
51%
IT resources
66%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
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?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

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.

Others in biological sciences

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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
66%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Natural and social science professionals
17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
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

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

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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