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Plant Science

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-A,A,B

biology A level is required. 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,M1,M2-D3,M2,M3

Including biology.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-32

Including biology 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,A-A,B

Including biology and one other Higher level subject. This qualification is only accepted in combination with five Scottish Highers at grades AABBB-ABBBB.

Scottish Higher

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


This qualification is only accepted in combination with two Scottish Advanced Highers at grades AA-AB including Biology.

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

A-B

Accepted alongside biology A level plus one other additional A level.

UCAS Tariff

104-147

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

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Plant sciences

Plant scientists are vital to help us feed the world. Climate change and a growing population mean we need to understand plant growth and improve crop production.

You'll study how plants develop and evolve in response to their environment. Using our specialist facilities, you'll learn how to experiment with plant growth. We have glasshouses equipped with the latest 3D imaging equipment. Our controlled environment growth rooms can control conditions such as temperature, light and humidity.

We have an international research reputation in plant science. This means you'll be taught by experienced scientists working on the latest research. Our passion for plant and crop science is demonstrated in our teaching. We'll explain the latest thinking in modern plant science through lectures, practicals and field trips.

You'll study many exciting aspects of modern plant science including:

- Cell and molecular biology

- Genetic engineering

- Plant-pathogen interactions

- Environmental physiology

- ecology

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

Modules

You will learn how mutant plants can be used to improve crop yield. You'll hear about the latest research from different professors. You'll find out how this research is helping us to understand plant function. Alongside lectures, you'll have practical sessions in our Super Lab and visit farms. Core modules in your first year will help build your foundation science. You'll also study ecology, molecular biology and genetics.

In the second year and third years, you have more optional modules. You can choose to study plant evolution and ecology in The Green Planet module. You can work as a team in the Enterprise Management Challenge module. You'll grow your own crop on the University Farm, make key decisions and measure the result.

Your final year research project enables you to use your skills to work on a piece of original research. You will design the study, collect and analyse data and prepare a report. You will be supervised by an individual member of academic staff.

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


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.

Plant sciences

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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?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
0%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
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.

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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
61%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Only a handful of students take botany for a first degree - the subject is mostly studied at Masters or by doctorate-level graduates, usually after a biology degree. Last year's botany graduates were most likely to be working six month after graduation, but it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do, or to have a look on their website.

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.

£19k

£19k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

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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