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University of Leeds

Biology

UCAS Code: C100

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,A,A

Including Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. If Biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded. We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: computing, environmental science, food science, geography, geology, PE, psychology, science in society, statistics, use of mathematics. Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement. GCSE: Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.

Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, graded at D45M0P0 to D39M6P0 including distinctions in Biology and Mathematics or Chemistry. Accept Access courses in Applied Science and Science. Will also consider (depending on subject content): • Biochemical Sciences • Biological and Environmental Science • Biological and Health Science • Biological Sciences • Biosciences • Combined Sciences • Environmental Science • Life and Biological Science • Life Science • Medical and Health Science Professions • Natural Sciences • Physical & Natural Sciences

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3-D3,D3,M1

Including D3 in Biology plus another science subject. Global Perspectives excluded.

Applicants offering an EPQ or IPQ qualification will receive a standard offer, as shown above, plus an alternative offer. The alternative offer would be ABB including Biology and another science subject plus grade A in EPQ / IPQ.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35-34

(With 18-17 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2-H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3


Including H2 in Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Applicants with BTEC qualifications (Diploma or Extended Diploma) are required to have A2 level Biology (Maths, Chemistry and Physics may be acceptable alternatives depending on the BTEC subject). DD (Diploma) or DDM (Extended Diploma) is required in the BTEC subject along with an A or B grade (BTEC subject dependent) for the A-level subject. Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must have at least 2 A2 levels and at least one of these must be in Biology.

Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB, with AA-AB in 2 Advanced Highers including Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded. If Biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required. Science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Science- related subjects include: Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, P.E, Psychology, Science in Society, Statistics, Food Science and use of Maths. Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

UCAS Tariff

136-144

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time with time abroad | 2020

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Biology

Studying biology at Leeds will provide you with a holistic understanding across the breadth of the topic, from genes to behaviour and evolution to ecology. Building on a foundation year that includes core subjects of organismal biology, genetics and molecular cell biology, you have the option to tailor your degree as you progress through to the final year. Options you may select include human biology, conservation, immunology, microbiology, population genetics, bioinformatics, genetic engineering and many more.

Our integrated Masters offers you an additional year of specialist training in biosciences and an extended research project.

You will be able to make an impact with this degree as biology has important applications in key global challenges. Current challenges include those arising from a growing world population and its impact on the environment, food security, medicine and health. Pressures on resources threaten endangered species and agricultural production, and biology is at the forefront of providing sustainable solutions to these global issues.

In addition, a revolution in genomics, gene modification and biotechnology are transforming the world around us and the way we live. You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge of the fundamental biological processes to understand and push forward these science-based solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

**Course highlights:**
- Field course options include trips to Scotland, the Yorkshire Dales, Spain, South Africa and Kenya. These field courses will enable you to develop practical field-based skills in a wide range of habitats.

- Access to visit and conduct research at the University’s state-of-the-art National Pig Centre.

- Contribute to science with your final year research project with an expert in the field. For example, you could work with Dr Maria Beger on her project 'How can we manage coral reefs threatened by climate change?'

- Practical experience and fieldwork. Practical modules include practical genetics, parasitology and field course options.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leeds

Department:

Faculty of Biological 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.

77%
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

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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

98%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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A
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After graduation


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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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
57%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Teaching and educational 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.

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