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Biology

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 120-128 Tariff points to include 3 A levels, with Biology at grade B. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement.

122-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 50-54, to include a Principal Subject in Biology at M2.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 6 points from a Higher Level in Biology. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

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

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


To include Higher Level Biology at H3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM

Must be in a Science subject.

120-128 Tariff points, to include Biology at grade C.

UCAS Tariff

120-128

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Biology

**Overview**
Are you excited by the natural world and want to tackle issues like disease, endangered species, and food and water shortages?

This accredited BSc (Hons) Biology degree gives you the knowledge and skills to apply your interest in the science of life and living organisms. With this degree under your belt, you can contribute positively to society in your career.

In your first year, you'll get a foundation in key biological theories and principles. You'll also be introduced to the practical skills and technology you'll use throughout your degree and in your career as a biologist.

In years 2 and 3, you'll build on your fundamental biology skills and knowledge. You can specialise in the strands of biology that interest you most, such as microbiology and biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, or ecology and evolution.

In your final year, you'll design and run an investigation and present it to a professional specification. You can do a placement year after your second year, or study abroad on a conservation or research scheme.

Your Biology degree could set you up for a rewarding career in education, research, scientific journalism or the biotechnology and environmental sectors. And you'll be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology.

**Accredited by:**
This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

**What you'll experience**
On this degree course, you'll:
- Develop your knowledge and abilities by learning from internationally recognised scientists who are leading the way in their respective fields

- Cover areas at the forefront of scientific endeavour, including biotechnology, ecology, cell biology and molecular biology

- Put your knowledge to work in the lab, using world-class equipment and the latest technology

- Specialise in subjects that interest you most, from marine and terrestrial biology, to molecular genetics

- Develop problem-solving, communication and numeracy skills alongside technical skills

- Explore the diversity of local ecosystems and go on field trips to UK and tropical destinations such as Lulworth Cove, Devon and Mexico

- Have the chance to study abroad on a conservation or research scheme

- Equipment you can use on this course includes:

- Molecular biology instrumentation

- Chemical analysis facilities for detecting pollutants

- Fluorescence microscopes, scanning and transmission electron microscopes

**Facilities you can use include:**
- microbiology and embryology laboratories with high-tech imaging and gene analysis equipment

- ancient DNA preparation and analysis laboratories

- water quality laboratory

- the European Xenopus Resource Centre

- research greenhouse

**Careers and opportunities**
What can you do with a Biology degree?
Completing this BSc (Hons) Biology degree course will open doors to further study and academic research. As a modern biologist, you can also put your degree to work in areas such as:
- biotechnology

- the food industry

- science administration

- biomedical research

- environmental consultancy

- teaching

**What jobs can you do with a Biology degree?**
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- research scientist

- science technician

- grant administrator

- medical writer

- biomedical sales specialist

- ecological surveyor

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. We'll support you for up to 5 years after you graduate.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Biodiversity & Evolution
- Ecology
- Plants and Human Impact
- Experimental Biology
- Introduction to Cell Biology & Biochemistry
- Microbiology & Molecular Biology

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Community Ecology and Residential Field Course

Optional modules in this year include:
- Animal Science
- Business for Biosciences
- Cell Biology
- Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology
- Development; How Form and Function Changes
- Enzymes and Metabolism
- Genetics
- Hydrology and Freshwater Ecosystems
- Introduction to Teaching
- Marine Organisms and Ecosystem
- Microbiology
- Plant Science

Placement year (optional):
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Honours Project

Optional modules in this year include:
- Aspects of Terrestrial Ecology and Evolution
- Biotechnology
- Environmental Microbiology
- Gene Organisation And Expression
- Genes and Development
- Genomics in Molecular Medicine
- Marine Ecology and Conservation

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through written exams, coursework, essays and practical write-ups, presentations, multiple choice tests, a research project.
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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
£9,250
per year
International
£17,600
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 Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

TEF rating:
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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.

Biology

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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?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
3%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
B

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.

£18,096
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
51%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Science, engineering and production technicians
10%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Public services and other 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.

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

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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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