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Environmental Biology

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,B,B

including biology and two 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 the Access to Science course with 60 credits overall, including 45 at level 3, of which 30 must be in relevant science modules and at merit. GCSE English at grade C or above is also required.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M3-M2,M2,M2

Including Biology

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-30

Including specified grades including Biology at Higher Level and English language.

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

DDD-DDM

Science-based, such as Applied Science

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B-B,B

including Biology plus one other Advanced Higher. 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, including Biology.

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

A-B

Accepted alongside Biology A level plus one additional A level.

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

Environmental biology

Are you passionate about environmental protection, wildlife conservation and ecology?

Our course uncovers the human impacts on our natural environment. You will study environmental threats and management. The biggest threats to biodiversity are climate change, habitat loss, invasive species. You'll study the effect of these threats, and learn ways to manage and reduce them.

On our accredited course, you'll get high standards of practical, field and theoretical activities. You'll gain experience in surveying techniques that are used when working as an ecologist. Day trips, field work and visits to local sites will include activities such as:

- bat surveys

- phase one habitat surveys

- sustainable homes

- renewable energy

- winter tree ID

You can also choose from field courses in Malaysia and Sweden. In Malaysia, you'll see the impact of tourism on Tioman Island. You'll do practical work in mangroves, visit a palm oil plantation, and see deforestation of tropical forest.

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

Core modules in your first year introduce the principles of ecology and biodiversity. You'll learn about evolution and behaviour. Study how natural selection has shaped how organisms interact with their environment. Learn through lectures, lab sessions and field visits.

In year two you'll gain more practical fieldwork skills as part of a non-residential field course. The Ecology module teaches you how interactions between species can drive co-evolutionary processes.

In the second year and third years, you have lots of optional modules. You can choose to study plant evolution and ecology in The Green Planet module.?

In your final year the research project enables you to use your skills to work on a piece of original research. This can be lab, field or literature based. You will design the study, collect and analyse data. Optional modules include Conservation, Evolutionary Ecology and the Arctic Ecology Field Course.

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:

University Park 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.

62%
low
Environmental 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.

Ecology and environmental biology

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
62%
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

69%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
62%
Course specific equipment and facilities
38%
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?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
0%
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

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.

£21,500
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
61%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Science, engineering and production technicians
9%
Other elementary services occupations

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.

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

£29k

£29k

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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Higher entry requirements
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