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Biology

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

D:15,P:30

Access to HE Diploma from a relevant QAA-recognised Access to HE course which has mainly biology and chemistry related modules, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents* Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents* * GCSE English and mathematics equivalent • equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

UCAS Tariff

112

From A levels (including at least 32 points in Biology) or equivalent BTEC national qualifications in Applied Science to include suitable Biology modules. We do not accept General Studies. We will consider a combination of qualification types. For example: BBC at A Level including grade C in Biology. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science will be considered (please include units on application). BTEC Diploma in Applied Science D*D with relevant biology modules ( please include units on application) alongside other level 3 study. A combination of qualifications including relevant subject(s), which may include AS levels or EPQ.

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Biology

**Course summary**
- Gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of biological, chemical and mathematical skills suitable to investigate and describe the biological world.

- Develop the confidence and ability to solve biological problems.

- Conduct research in a range of theoretical and practical areas, including the skills of project management.

- Choose to transfer onto the MSci qualification.

- Have the opportunity to work abroad — with the possibility of Erasmus funding available for European placements.

- Take part in rigorous intellectual training that cultivates an interest in current developments at the frontiers of the subject. Gain an underpinning knowledge of chemistry, physics and maths, taught in context. Enhance your skills for a career in biology or any occupation requiring confident, creative, analytical thinkers.

If you're planning a career in research, you can transfer to the MSci qualification (depending on your results in years one and two of the BSc route).

**How You Learn**

The course includes a coherent programme theme to enable you to develop as professional biologists, operating beyond just knowledge acquisition. You have the capability to act on opportunities and apply learning to solve problems, whether theoretical or applied.

You learn through

- lectures

- workshops

- tutorials

- scenario-based laboratory sessions.

- There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

Modules

Modules
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You can take an optional placement in year three.
**Year 1 Compulsory modules**:

Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology 20
Environmental Biosciences 20
Human Physiology And Anatomy 20
Plant Physiology And Anatomy 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills 20

**Year 2 Compulsory modules**:

Applied Ecology And Environmental Biosciences 20 Coursework
Exam
Evolutionary And Behavioural Biology 20 Coursework
Molecular Biology And Biochemistry 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 2 40
**Elective modules**:

Advanced Cell Biology 20
Pathological Basis Of Disease 20
Topics In Biochemistry 20

**Year 3 Compulsory modules**:

Professional And Scientific Practice 3 20

**Final Year Compulsory modules**:

Plant Biotechnology 20
Research Project 40
**:Elective modules**:

Applied Biochemistry 20
Bioethics And Bioinformatics 20
Bioethics And Human Genetics 20
Bioinformatics And Human Genetics 20
Environmental Biotechnology 20
Neurobiology 20

Assessment methods

Coursework
Exams
Practical

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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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.

95%
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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
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

89%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
91%
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?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
9%
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.

Biology

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
35%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Other elementary services occupations

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.

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.

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

£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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