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Microbiology

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


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Microbiology

Our BSc Microbiology degree will equip you with a sound scientific grounding in microbiology and its applications in areas including biotechnology, environmental research, food security and human health.

- We’ll prepare you for careers in a variety of sectors, including agricultural, commercial, environmental, industrial and medical settings

- You’ll benefit from over 300 hours of practical classes, where you’ll develop a range of laboratory-based and theoretical skills underpinned by sound scientific practice.

- As you progress through the course you’ll gain an understanding of how these skills can be applied to solving global health problems through biotechnological innovation.

**Why study with us**

- Develop advanced skills and techniques during 300+ hours of practical classes.

- This course has been designed to meet the needs of industry employers.

- Engage in interprofessional learning with other healthcare undergraduates.

Modules

Year One - BL1013 Biosciences in Practice - BL1012 Essential Skills in Biosciences - BL1011 Fundamentals of Biosciences - Year Two - BL2018 Microbiology and Global Health - BL2013 Molecules to Cells - BL2011 Bioscience Practical Skills - Year Three (Optional Placement Year) BL2017 - Year Three or Year Four - BL3024 Microbial Biotechnology - BL3013 - Clinical Microbiology for Healthcare Science - BL3011 - Research Project

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

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Microbiology

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
22%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

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.

Biosciences

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

If you want a career in microbiology, then this is the degree to take. The recession hit the job market for microbiologists particularly badly, but things have improved very significantly since then, and microbiologists are now amongst the most employable biological sciences graduates. We don't produce many graduates in the subject every year and a lot take further qualifications on graduating. Microbiology graduates who want to leave the lab can find jobs in most industries - not just in health and hospitals, but in the food and drink, water and ecology sectors, too.

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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