What students say about biology
I find my biology course extremely interesting and fairly challenging. I had three areas to my course - biomolecules, genetics and physiology - all of which required around one three-hour lab practical every week. Lab practicals were scary at first for someone as shy as me but it really develops your skills and understanding and is actually really fun.1st year, Manchester Metropolitan University
I chose the ecology pathway for my biological sciences degree. It's a whole lot better than just trees and insects. I think it's one of those pathways where if you like being outdoors and knowing what things are, how they move, what evolved from what, then you know you want to do ecology, as it was for me. Some of the course content has been common sense, whilst other bits are a lot more challenging (knowing the anatomy of flatworms and how jellyfish 'swim' needs a lot of studying), but the field trips, which have consisted of various reserves, a 'green' farm and the zoo (!) have been fantastic.1st year, Nottingham Trent University
My course is quite academically intense. Although the work isn't that hard, there is a lot of it. The course covers three main areas - cells and genes, organisms, and ecology. In the first year each module is compulsory, though in the second and third years you have a choice of more specialised topics. The method of assessment is through practicals and written exams, as well as a second year project.1st year, University of Oxford
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- MLSO (Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer)
- Biologist (research, marine, soil etc.)
Other real-life job examples
- Conservation officer
- Field trials officer
- Investment consultant
What employers like about this subject
Studying for a degree in the diverse subject of biology means that students can learn a range of subject-specific skills including statistical skills and good laboratory practice. Transferable skills you can develop on a biology course include advanced numeracy; written and spoken communication and problem-solving skills. Biology graduates are in demand from employers such as hospitals, clinical and scientific analysts, the pharmaceutical industry, government, nature and conservation reserves, zoos and botanical gardens. If you’re aiming for a career in research, you will usually need to take a postgraduate qualification (probably a Doctorate) after your first degree.