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University of Kent

UCAS Code: C103 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level

B,B,B-B,C,C

including any required subjects as listed in the relevant qualification section

The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant science subjects at merit grade or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants should have grade C or 4 in Maths GCSE or a suitable equivalent level qualification

120 Tariff points from your IB Diploma, including HL Biology at 5. Typically H5, H6, H6

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

DDM-DMM

including any required subjects as listed in the relevant qualification section

Scottish Highers qualifications are considered on an individual basis

T Level

M

overall in Science with a minimum of grade B in the core (including grade B in the paper B written examination

UCAS Tariff

104-120

including any required subjects as listed in the relevant qualification section

About this course

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Biology

**Biology is the science of life and is at the forefront of social change, from the use of genetically-modified organisms to humanity’s effect on the environment, sustainable energy and food production. At Kent you'll gain the skills, knowledge and support to help build a better tomorrow.**

As a biology student at Kent you study living organisms and their interactions with the environment, investigating life forms ranging from viruses and bacteria to complex animals and plants. You’ll learn from inspirational academics working at the cutting-edge of research with access to fantastic facilities. Our Biology degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RBS).

**Reasons to study Biology at Kent**
* Study a wide range of modules and build your degree around your interests.

* Our lecturers are both innovative teachers and active researchers. Two of our academic staff have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships

* You'll get hands-on practical experiences in our fantastic laboratories.

* Focus on your future with expert careers advice and the opportunity to take a paid Summer Studentship, giving you valuable hands-on experience in our research labs.

* We collaborate with research groups in industry and academia and have excellent links with local employers, including the NHS, Lonza and Sekisui Diagnostics, Roche, Sanofi and Pfizer

* Get involved with science outside of the lab by joining Kent BioSoc. This student-run society holds a seminar series, academic talks, trips and social events.

**What you'll study**
* You’ll start by gaining an insight into key biological disciplines, including anthropology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, evolution, genetics, infection and immunity, microbiology, and the physiology of animals and plants. You’ll gain expertise in laboratory practical work and the analysis and presentation of biological data.

* Next you’ll build on this knowledge and develop your skills as a bio scientist, covering areas such as animal form and function, plant physiology and adaptation, gene expression, infection and immunity, and microbial physiology.

* In your final year, tailor your degree to your interests through optional modules and a research project of your choice, which may be laboratory, business, computing or communication based.

Modules

Year 1
Compulsory modules currently include:
The Molecules of Life
Enzymes and Introduction to Metabolism
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Skills for Bioscientists
Biodiversity of Life
Genetics and Evolution
Biosciences Academic Advising and Skills Development I
Optional modules may include:
Chemical Concepts for Life Scientists A
Survey and Monitoring for Biodiversity
Principles of Biogeography and Ecology

Year 2
Compulsory modules currently include:
Molecular Genetics
Bioscience Skills: Developing as an Independent Scientist
Plant Biology
Animal Form and Function
Applied Ecology and Conservation
Optional modules may include:
The Microbial World
Neuroscience

Year 3
Compulsory modules currently include:
Future Outlooks in Biology
Research Project
Optional modules may include:
Science Communication and Public Engagement 
Frontiers in Virology and Immunology
Applied Bioinformatics and Genomics
Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Cancer Biology and Therapy
Biology of Ageing
Climate Change and Conservation

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
£22,700
per year
International
£22,700
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

The Uni

Course location:

University of Kent

Department:

School of Biosciences

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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.

80%
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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

80%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
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?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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 (non-specific)

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
49%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate 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.

Biology (non-specific)

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

£20k

£20k

£26k

£26k

£31k

£31k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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