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University of Surrey

Microbiology with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: C506

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Overall: CCC We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers. Required subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4) (or equivalents may be considered).

Access to HE Diploma

D:21,M:3,P:21

Overall: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 21 at Distinction, 3 at Merit and and 21 at Pass Required subjects: Must include 15 level 3 credits in Science. GCSE or Equivalent: Inclusion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalent within Access programme (or equivalents may be considered).

Extended Project

A

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4) (or equivalents may be considered).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Overall: 30 Required subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics HL4/SL4 (or equivalents may be considered).

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

MMM

Overall: MMM Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability. GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4) (or equivalents may be considered).

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,C

Overall: CCC Required subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics GCSE or Equivalent: Scottish National 5: English Language and Mathematics grade C (or equivalents may be considered).

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C,C

Overall: BBBCC Required subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics GCSE or Equivalent: Scottish National 5: English Language and Mathematics grade C (or equivalents may be considered).

Overall: Pass overall with CCC from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A levels. Applicants taking an A level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. Required subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics GCSE or Equivalent: Inclusion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalent within the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (or equivalents may be considered).

UCAS Tariff

96-123

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Microbiology

**Why choose this course**
Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for biological sciences, with our courses ranked in the top 10 in the Guardian University Guide 2019.

This incredibly comprehensive modular course allows you to gain a solid grounding right across the breadth of the subject, including microbial physiology and genetics, biotechnology, infectious disease, systems biology and immunology. Our BSc Microbiology course has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

**What you will study**
Microbiology is the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. These agents have a huge impact on human health and disease, the environment, the food industry and the pharmaceutical and chemicals industries. Our understanding of their importance continues to grow as microbiologists apply techniques such as genome sequencing and systems biology in their research.

From discoveries about the influence of the microbiome on our health, to emerging disease threats and the increase of antibiotic resistance, microbiology is a dynamic discipline and the course is regularly updated to reflect the topics that are focusing the attention of professional scientists.

This course is flexible, letting you select from a range of biosciences modules so you can supplement your micriobiology knowledge with related disciplines such as pathology, food science and pharmacology.

Our range of teaching and assessment methods will give you a range of skills to prepare you for employment in academia, industry and government.

**Foundation year**
The BSc Microbiology with foundation has an additional year of study designed to support your transition on to latter years of the course. You will study full-time for one year at foundation level, and after successfully completing it you will be ready to move on to the next three years of the course. The structure of the foundation year will provide you with a mix of subject-specific content in biology, chemistry and mathematics as well as academic skills development, providing you with an excellent grounding for your studies.

This qualification is subject to approval. This means that it has received initial agreement from the University and is currently undergoing a detailed final approval exercise, through the University’s quality assurance processes.

Modules

To see the full range of modules for this course please visit our website – the link is under the Course contact details, to the right. You will also find full details of the programme, including programme structure, assessment methods, contact hours and Graduate prospects.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Surrey

Department:

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (FHMS)

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Microbiology and cell science

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
B

After graduation


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Microbiology and cell science

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
96%
med
Employed or in further education
69%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Health associate professionals

If you want a career in microbiology, then this is the degree to take. The recession hit the job market for microbiologists particularly badly, but things have improved very significantly since then, and microbiologists are now amongst the most employable biological sciences graduates. We don't produce many graduates in the subject every year and a lot take further qualifications on graduating. Microbiology graduates who want to leave the lab can find jobs in most industries - not just in health and hospitals, but in the food and drink, water and ecology sectors, too.

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