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Human Biology

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

D:15

Access - an 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 qualification 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 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

Human biology

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.
Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**Course summary:**
Develop an advanced understanding of human anatomy, physiology, cell biology, reproduction, genetics and biochemistry.
Develop your confidence and ability to work at the cutting edge of human biology.
Apply your knowledge to real-world experience with year-long or summer placement opportunities available.
Transfer onto an MSci route for a specialist year of research intensive study working alongside our internationally recognised researchers
You will learn how genomics, biotechnology, stem cells and lifestyle interventions impact on the human body. The knowledge you will gain will provide an understanding of the latest advances in this field.

**How you learn:**
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

In modules such as human physiology and anatomy, control physiology, reproduction and development and neuroscience, you will gain an understanding of how the whole human body functions. This will be supplemented by an understanding at the cellular and molecular level in modules such as advanced cell biology and molecular biology and biochemistry.

With a strong focus on employability throughout you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills desired by graduate science-sector employers or post graduate education providers.

You learn through:

- lectures and tutorials

- practical laboratory work

- small group academic tutorials

- case studies

- project work

**Applied learning - Work placements**

Between your second and third year you will have the opportunity to apply for a placement where you can apply what you have learnt at university to a working situation. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain the experience and professional skills that could give you an advantage at the start of your career.

We offer you the opportunity to apply for placements in a wide range of institutions – including pharmaceutical industries, medical research laboratories, the NHS, schools and colleges. Or if you are unable to commit to a year, it is also possible to work for a shorter period of time on a summer placement (which can still contribute towards your degree). If you are undertaking your work placement in another European country, there may be a possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

Completion of a year-long work placement will allow you to achieve an Advanced Professional Diploma alongside your degree.

**Research projects**

You will develop problem solving and practical skills by undertaking mini projects in the first and second year of your course. During your final year you will combine the skills and knowledge you have gained to conduct a specialist research project working alongside an expert in your chosen subject area.

Modules

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology 20
Human Physiology And Anatomy 20
Human Reproduction And Development 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills 20
Topics In Human Biology 20

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Advanced Cell Biology 20
Control Physiology 20
Molecular Biology And Biochemistry 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 2 40

Elective modules
Immunology And Microbiology 20
Pathological Basis Of Disease 20

Year 3
Compulsory modules
Professional And Scientific Practice 3 20

Final year
Compulsory modules
Human Nutrition 20
Neurobiology 20
Research Project 40

Elective modules
Applied Biochemistry 20
Bioethics And Bioinformatics 20
Bioethics And Human Genetics 20
Bioinformatics And Human Genetics 20
Pharmacology 20

Assessment methods

Coursework
Exams
Practicals

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
£14,415
per year
International
£14,415
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

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

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

College of Health Wellbeing and Life 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.

70%
med
Human 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.

Others in biosciences

Teaching and learning

61%
Staff make the subject interesting
74%
Staff are good at explaining things
65%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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

57%
Library resources
65%
IT resources
52%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
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
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
B

After graduation


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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.

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Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
68%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

46%
Natural and social science professionals
22%
Science, engineering and production technicians
5%
Business, research and administrative professionals

What about your long term prospects?

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

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

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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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