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Biological Sciences

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

AAB including Biology and one other science or Maths. * Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Geology, Psychology and Environmental Science are all considered sciences for the purposes of admission and although PE is accepted as a third A-level, it is not a science for the purpose of admission

Considered on a case by case basis. Please contact Loughborough University directly.

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects or a combination of the Pre-U and A levels, provided a minimum of three subjects overall are taken. We recognise the benefit of the Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) course in developing independent study and research skills. While we would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions. However, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results.

We recognise the benefit of the Extended Project in developing independent research and critical thinking skills. We would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, and while we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths Grade 4/C

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

35 points with 6 6 5 at HL including HL Biology and one other Science or Maths at HL.

We accept a wide range of international qualifications for entry as outlined on our website – please view the individual course typical offers on our website and choose Ireland in the Country/region drop down field for more information.

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

D*D

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science: D*D plus A Level Biology at grade B Preferred subject: Applied Science.

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

DDD

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDD Preferred subject: Applied Science.

Considered on a case by case basis. Please contact Loughborough University directly.

Applicants taking the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma will be asked to achieve the A level requirements for their course as part of their qualification. The Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted alongside two A levels providing individual course entry and subject requirements are met. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/

UCAS Tariff

136

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Biology

Biological Sciences is an exciting and rapidly developing field, bringing together knowledge, ideas and techniques to allow us to expand our understanding of the human body and its interplay with the environment.

Our BSc Biological Sciences degree is designed to develop your understanding of the processes underlying life and health in whole organisms.

During the Biological Sciences course, you will explore topics including genetics and molecular biology, biochemistry and metabolism, cell biology and regenerative medicine, human evolution, anatomy and physiology, growth, development and ageing, as well as research methods.

We also focus on the development of laboratory practical skills. You will benefit from teaching in STEMLab, the University's £17 million state-of-the-art facility, as well as other specialist laboratories.

Year-long professional placement opportunities can help develop essential skills and boost employability, or international placements allow the opportunity to experience another country whilst you study.

Modules

For a full list of areas studied, see the 'What You'll Study' section of the course page on our website.

Assessment methods

Depending on the nature of the material, modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination.

For example, some modules may be 25% coursework and 75% examination, whilst other modules may be assessed by 100% coursework or 100% examination. Coursework includes laboratory reports, class tests, group work, individual essays, presentations, and projects. You will also have formative assessments to provide you with feedback to help you to evaluate and develop your skills, for instance using online quizzes, electronic voting, or discussion in tutorials.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£24,650
per year
International
£24,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Loughborough University

Department:

Biosciences

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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.

94%
high
Biology

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.

Biology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
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
97%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
97%
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?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

Biological and sport 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.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
67%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sports and fitness occupations
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.

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