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Marine Biology with a Foundation Year

Entry requirements


64 UCAS points. At least one full A level is required.

Only accepted alongside at least one full A level.

64 UCAS points from a QAA Approved Level 3 Access to HE Diploma.

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

64 UCAS points from Higher Level.

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

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

MM

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

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

MPP

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

64 UCAS points from Higher Level.

UCAS Tariff

64

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Marine biology

**Our Marine Biology foundation year is an excellent route into science for those from a non-scientific background seeking to develop their career along a biological pathway; it is also ideal if you're returning to education or do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an Honours degree.**

This course will provide you with a strong foundation in science, allowing you to progress onto the Bachelors degree in Marine Biology , within the School of Science, Engineering and Environment.

Our oceans are filled with delicate ecosystems and amazing wildlife, but all of this is in danger. The human and environmental impact on ocean life is becoming increasingly apparent; develop the necessary skills to manage and preserve our oceans and have a positive impact on our natural world.

Thanks to the supportive learning environment, during the full honours degree you will gain a systematic understanding of key aspects of the marine environment, as well as a detailed insight into the industry that relies on it. The curriculum is contemporary and will enhance employability through the University’s collaboration initiative.

Practical training is particularly relevant and will be delivered during two residential fieldtrips. The first one will be carried out in Scotland, at the renowned FSC Millport Field Station. The second trip will be to Kavala, Greece, in collaboration with the national Fisheries Research Institute.

Features
• Tailor your second, and third year modules (of the full honours degree) to include your particular areas of interest
• Gain an understanding of ecological issues facing marine managers alongside the socioeconomic, governance, equality and ethical pressures affecting their work
• Gain real-world context for your studies through residential field trips and an optional placement year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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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.

69%
low
Marine 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

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
60%
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

56%
Library resources
64%
IT resources
51%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
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?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
E
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.

£16,640
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
30%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Animal care and control services
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.

£14k

£14k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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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