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Biology with optional placement year

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

To include one science subject from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths, Nutrition and Food Science, PE, Geography, Environmental Technology/Science. Chemistry or Biology is preferred. Applied Science Double Award also acceptable. Provided the subject requirements are met you can substitute a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University for one of the A level grades.

Pass science-based Access course with an overall mark of at least 65% including 65% in each level 3 module.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Candidates must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent). Also, candidates must hold a GCSE pass in Maths at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent) and GCSE Double Award Science (or equivalent) at grades CC is also required. Please note that for purposes of entry to this course the Level 2 Essential / Key Skill in Application of Number is NOT regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Maths.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

To include 12 points at higher level including 5 points at higher level in one of the following subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths, Home Economics, PE, Geography.

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

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4

To include one subject from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths, Home Economics, PE, Geography. Chemistry or Biology is preferred. Applicants are also required to have Higher Level English and Maths grade H6 or above OR Ordinary Level at grade O4 or above.

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

DMM

To include at least 7 Distinctions (appropriate science disciplines only).

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,D,D

To include one subject from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths, Home Economics, PE, Geography. Chemistry or Biology is preferred.

Scottish Higher

C,C,C,C,C

To include one subject from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths, Home Economics, PE, Geography. Chemistry or Biology is preferred.

UCAS Tariff

104-105

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Biology

Biology is the study of living organisms from the molecular level to ecosystems. Our full-time undergraduate BSc Hons Biology course covers fundamental areas of biology with a focus upon the biomedical, molecular and environmental sciences. During the first year you will study fundamentals of biology such as biodiversity, plant and animal physiology, chemistry and biochemistry, as well as cell biology. In the first semester of your first year you will also receive tailor-made training in subject specific as well as transferable core skills in a small group teaching environment. In Year two you will study more specific biological science disciplines such as genetics, vetinary biology, microbiology and biotechnology, which will build upon knowledge acquired in first year but also underpin study in the final year. The final year is driven by the very strong research expertise and interests of the lecturing staff and provides an opportunity to carry out an extensive research project in a specific biological topic.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,360
per year
International
£15,360
per year
Northern Ireland
£4,630
per year
Republic of Ireland
£4,630
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coleraine

Department:

Coleraine Campus

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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
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.

Biology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

48%
Staff make the subject interesting
67%
Staff are good at explaining things
67%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
43%
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

70%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
8%
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.

Biological and sport sciences

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.

£17,680
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
42%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Natural and social science professionals
30%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Science, engineering and production technicians

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.

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