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Biotechnology

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,B,B

at least two science-based subjects at A level (biology is required; other subjects usually include chemistry, physics or maths but can include geography and, exceptionally, psychology) and an additional A level or equivalent. A pass is required in science practicals where taken. Citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and leisure studies not accepted.

Pass Access with 60 credits overall with 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 level 3 credits must be achieved from relevant core sciences at Merit grade.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M3-M2,M2,M2

Including two science-based subjects (biology is required; other subjects usually include chemistry, physics or maths but can include geography and, exceptionally, psychology).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-30

Including specified grades in two science-based subjects (biology is required; other subjects usually include chemistry, physics or maths but can include geography and, exceptionally, psychology) at Higher Level and English language.

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

DDD-DDM

Science-based BTECs accepted. Please contact the School direct to check modules covered and grades required.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B-B,B

In two science-based subjects (biology is required; other subjects usually include chemistry, physics or maths but can include geography and, exceptionally, psychology). This qualification is only accepted in combination with five Scottish Highers at grades ABBBB-BBBBB.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B-B,B,B,B,B


This qualification is only accepted in combination with two Scottish Advanced Highers at grades AB-BB in two science-based subjects (biology is required; other subjects usually include chemistry, physics or maths but can include geography and, exceptionally, psychology).

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A-B

Accepted alongside two science-based subjects at A level (biology is required; other subjects usually include chemistry, physics or maths but can include geography and, exceptionally, psychology).

UCAS Tariff

96-141

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

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Biotechnology

This course enables you to study microbial, animal and plant biotechnology. You'll learn the latest techniques and how these can be used to help improve lives. You might be interested in how you can apply science to global issues such as:

- Healthcare, by developing life-saving medicines

- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by providing cleaner biofuels

- Food security

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, you'll gain the knowledge and skills to succeed when you graduate.

You will learn in specialist laboratories, using our facilities to build your practical knowledge. Our lab sessions will give you experience in DNA sequencing and genetic engineering.

Experts in synthetic biology will lecture on the latest applications and technology. You'll join thought-provoking debates covering ethical, commercial and environmental concerns.

Throughout your degree you can choose from a range of additional options. You can apply to do these when you get here:

- Industry placement - you can add a year in industry between years two and three

- Study abroad - options include our Malaysia campus, Australia, Canada, or Europe

- Computer Science year - use algorithms to analyse complex data and apply this to your course

Modules

You'll build your knowledge in biochemistry, genetics and cell biology, microbial physiology and animal biology.?

In the second year, core modules focus on molecular biology, genetic engineering and epigenetics. You can then choose from optional modules to specialise in the areas that interest you.

The final year research project enables you to use your skills to work on a piece of original research. Supervised by our academic researchers, you will design the study, use techniques, collect data and prepare a report. You could carry out a project with a research institute or industrial partner. Some previous research projects were granted patents and developed into commercial products.

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
£25,000
per year
International
£25,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sutton Bonington Campus

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.

76%
low
Biotechnology

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.

Biotechnology

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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
100%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
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?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

Engineering and technology

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.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Business, research and administrative professionals

This is a new and emerging field of technology and not many people completed degrees in biotechnology last year — it’s more common as a Masters degree. Further study is common for graduates as research jobs usually require a postgraduate qualification. Those who do go straight into work typically go into a range of biology and lab jobs in several different industries, but a good grade can be particularly important for this qualification, so bear that in mind.

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