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What makes Human Biology at Worcester special?

We are living through an age of unprecedented scientific discovery, with the mapping of the human genome and the potential of stem cell research revolutionising our understanding of how our bodies work.

At Worcester, we have adopted a practical approach to learning, with brand new laboratories equipped with the latest technologies, so you can get hands on with the topics that interest you the most.

In the next 10 years the current revolution in our understanding will begin to impact on our daily lives. By studying Human Biology at Worcester, you can help shape this future.

Key features

  • Excellent industry links with organisations including Astra Zeneca, Shimadzu and the NHS
  • Staff are active in biomedical research, leading to informed and up-to-date teaching
  • Flexible course options allow you to pursue your interests
  • 90% of Human Biology students are in work or further study 6 months after graduating
  • New laboratories and specialist equipment – an inspiring environment for you to develop your ideas
  • Strong emphasis on practical work
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"I was nearly put off education by the pressure of my A levels, but I decided to carry on and apply to University of Worcester, and have loved it ever since. It’s really inspired me. I started off doing the broad Biology BSc, but I changed my pathway as I discovered which areas I found particularly interesting. That’s the amazing thing about the course - you study so many diverse topics, from ecology to genetics to microbiology, but you still study in depth, with a strong practical element.”

Jade Osborn

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A2 Biology and A2 another science, maths or statistics.

104 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A2 Biology.

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including Access courses, European Baccalaureate and pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Human Biology and Disease
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

Optional

  • Introduction to Human Nutrition
  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Introduction to Forensic Biology
  • Animal Diversity
  • Human Origins
  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Human Genetics
  • Human Systems Physiology
  • Project and Career Development

Optional

  • Microbiology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Applied Human Metabolism
  • Medical Forensic Science
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Infectious Agents And Allergens
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Comparative Animal Digestion and Nutrition
  • Work Experience

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Study
  • Mammalian Reproduction
  • Advanced Systems Physiology

Optional

  • Pharmacology
  • Parasitology
  • Forensic DNA Analysis
  • Animal Movement
  • Biological Indicators for Crime Reporting
  • The Biochemistry of Cancer
  • Research Methods and Research Project
  • Extension Module
  • Work Experience

Student experiences

In your first year you will develop a comprehensive understanding of the structure and functions of living organisms appropriate to the course. In Years 2 and 3 the modules become more specialised. Subjects central to Human Biology such as Cell Biology are delivered in double modules to allow for suitable development of the subject and for the delivery of important subject specific and generic skills.

In your final year you will undertake an Independent Study or Biosciences Research Project, which is a double module and must demonstrate original data. The Independent Study will have been designed in the Project and Career Development module in Year 2. Past topics have included amplification of ancient human DNA, relationship between the ACTN3 gene, 577 SNP allele variations and speed/strength performance phenotypes, the effect of televised sport on blood pressure and heart rate, and the antimicrobial effects of curry spices.

View the Biology Programmes Overview.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

  • Become an independent, life-long learner
  • Understand and apply knowledge and concepts in Human Biology and so continue to understand new techniques and discoveries in this evolving subject area
  • Develop, design and carry out an independent piece of research in Human Biology
  • Critically analyse new theories and conceptual issues in Biology
  • Become a responsible Human Biologist, by understanding ethical and social issues in biomedical sciences, which include data integrity and honesty in science, and the ethics on the use of animals as biomedical models.

Assessment

  • A variety of teaching techniques is used, including lectures, practicals, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials, videos, on-line and interactive resources and directed study
  • An emphasis on activities which allow you to develop practical and transferable skills to increase your employability
  • Some double modules to allow suitable development of the subject and for the delivery of important subject-specific and transferable skills
  • An extended induction to allow the development of the necessary study skills as and when you need to use them
  • Three special, course-based weeks each year to support skills development and employability
  • Regular Academic Tutorials on a one-to one basis to help guide and support your studies

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Dr Allain Bueno

    Dr Allain Bueno joined the University of Worcester in January 2012 after 4 years of Post-doctoral studies at the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, London. As a Biomedical Scientist, Dr Bueno holds strong experience in clinical sciences, having worked and taught in a leading tertiary referral hospital. His current area of research includes the biochemistry of dietary fats, cell membrane phospholipids and anti-oxidant protection in health conditions.

Careers

Where could it take you?

As a Human Biologist at the University of Worcester, you will be able to develop a wide range of intellectual, practical and social skills that are much in demand by employers. These include primary research and critical evaluation skills, communications skills, both written and oral, and a range of technical and IT skills such as the use of DNA technology, IT-based analysis, data analysis, and applied statistics.

Human Biologists, who can solve problems, look at evidence and make measured and reasoned arguments, are not only required in scientific fields but also in other fields - such as the media, retailing and finance - to ensure there is a balanced view relating to new technology and that any risks are neither under nor over stated. There is also a need for people to be able to explain these scientific arguments in 'lay-mans' terms, not only in teaching but also in a wide range of other vocations.

This course will prepare you for a number of different career paths including work with the police, laboratory practice, medical and laboratory sales and postgraduate degrees. Some students are using Human Biology as a route into medical school.

Ryea Maswood credits her degree with allowing her to develop the skills to do her current job at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be no more than £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

You will also need a lab coat, which can be bought for around £13.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Human Biology BSc (Hons) - B150 BSc/HBio

 

Joint Honours:
Ecology and Human Biology - C192
Human Biology and Human Nutrition - CBC4
Human Biology and Physical Education - CCD6
Human Biology and Psychology - CCC8
Human Biology and Sports Coaching Science - CC61

 

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

B150

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Lorraine Weaver

Head of Biological Sciences
01905 855598
l.weaver@worc.ac.uk

ISE Academic Support Unit

01905 855201/02/23
ise@worc.ac.uk