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University of Central Lancashire

Biology

UCAS Code: CC10

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


96 to 112 UCAS points at A2 including Chemistry or Biology at grade C. General Studies, Critical Thinking, and Citizenship and Communitu Studies not accepted

96 to 112 UCAS Points including 15 credits at Level 3 in Chemistry or Biology Modules at Distinction

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB Diploma including 96 to 112 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects, including HL Biology or Chemistry at grade 5.

96 to 112 UCAS points, including Chemistry or Biology at grade H3.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DMM

IApplied Science BTEC Modules - awarded 2016 onwards - must have 4 of the following; Physiology of Human Body Systems, Human Regulation and Reproduction, Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Diseases and Infections, Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques, Biomedical Science. Awarded prior to 2016 - must have 2 of the following: Fundamentals of Science , Physiology of Human Body Systems, Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction, Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques, Microbiological Techniques, Chemistry for Biology Technicians, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Practical Chemical Analysis, Biomedical Science Techniques, Chemical Laboratory Techniques, Diseases and Infections

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

DMM

Applied Science BTEC Modules - awarded 2016 onwards - must have 4 of the following; Physiology of Human Body Systems, Human Regulation and Reproduction, Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Diseases and Infections, Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques, Biomedical Science. Awarded prior to 2016 - must have 2 of the following: Fundamentals of Science , Physiology of Human Body Systems, Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction, Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques, Microbiological Techniques, Chemistry for Biology Technicians, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Practical Chemical Analysis, Biomedical Science Techniques, Chemical Laboratory Techniques, Diseases and Infections

96 to 112 UCAS points, including Chemistry or Biology at grade C.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

Our typical offer is 96 to 112 UCAS Points.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Biology

**Course Overview**

- If you’re interested in a broad range of biology topics, from microbes to humans, including the biology of disease, the natural world, evolution, genetics and how humans and organisms interact with their environment, then our Biology degree is the course for you.

- You’ll study all the major biological concepts and theories and learn a range of important laboratory and field techniques. You’ll develop the breadth of understanding and hands-on practical skills so you can apply your expertise to the many challenges we face in the world today, such as microbial resistance, climate change, safe and sustainable food production and the conservation of endangered species.

- Parti- cipating in extensive practical classes in our excellent laboratories, you will become competent in advanced research techniques. You’ll use our state-of-the-art analytical suite, scanning electron microscope and DNA sequencing facilities in your classes, and can access them during your final year research project.

- Fieldwork features throughout your course, with topical biological case studies and teamwork to help build key transferable skills and enhance your employability.

**Why study with us**

- Biology is ranked in the top three in the North West and in the top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021).

- You’ll develop advanced knowledge of contemporary biology, and high-level technical skills.

Make lifelong friends on residential field courses (UK trips are included in your fees; optional overseas trips are extra).

Modules

Year 1: Introduction to Cell Biology, Introduction to Environmental Biology, Introduction to Biological Research, Science and Society

Year 2: Evolutionary Genetics, Research Theory and Practice, Plus at least three from the following: Applied Molecular Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation, Biology of Health and Disease, Applied Microbiology, Plus (if required) one from the following: Elective.

Year 3: Fieldwork, Plus either Research Project or Group Research Project, Plus at least two from the following: Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Ecotoxicology, Advanced Approaches to Understanding Behaviour , Plus (if required) one from the following: Applied Ecology, Forensic Genetics, Work Based Learning Module, Elective

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
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:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

TEF rating:
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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.

82%
low
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

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

86%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
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?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

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.

£17,500
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
53%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Science, engineering and production technicians
19%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Natural and social science 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.

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.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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