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What makes Biology at the University of Worcester special?

Biology is one of the most actively changing subjects in the sciences, constantly seeking solutions to the many challenges that shape our world. At Worcester we engage with Biology in all its breath-taking sweep and scale, from the molecular level through whole organisms and beyond to their relationships with each other and the wider environment.

Key features

  • Unique project opportunities. You could be involved in deciphering the entire genome of a bacterial species
  • The latest discoveries are inter-linked with established biological principles
  • Flexible structure: specialise in your particular areas, such as molecular biology or physiology, or keep your interests wider if you prefer
  • New laboratories and specialist equipment - an inspiring environment for you to develop your ideas
  • Study in a friendly and supportive environment
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff

  • 260 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A2 Biology and A2 another Science, maths or statistics
  • 280 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A2 Biology and A1 another Science, maths or statistics
  • 290 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A1 Biology and A2 another Science, maths or statistics
  • 300 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A1 Biology

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

 

Other information

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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I arrived at the University of Worcester not too sure about the future direction of my career, but I finished my degree inspired and eager to start my journey into the world of academic research. The support I received throughout my studies was great.

Rebecca Molland

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. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Cell Biology
  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Animal Diversity

Optional

  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Nutrition in Humans
  • Introduction to Forensic Biology
  • Introduction to Human Biology and Disease
  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry
  • Basis of Biological Surveying
  • Human Origins

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Plant Biology
  • Project and Career development
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology

Optional

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Work Experience
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Agents and Allergens
  • Animal Senses and Survival
  • Human Genetics
  • Medical Forensic Science
  • Human Systems Physiology
  • Applied Human Metabolism
  • Comparative Digestion and Nutrition
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Population and Community Ecology
  • Ecology of Fresh Waters
  • Soils and the Environment
  • Field Techniques and Identification skills.

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Study
  • Plant Development and Physiology

Optional

  • Mammalian Reproduction
  • Work Experience
  • Animal Movement
  • Forensic DNA Analysis
  • Biological Indicators for Crime Reporting
  • Pharmacology
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Extension Module
  • Parasitology
  • The Biochemistry of Cancer
  • Research Methods and Research Project
  • Residential Ecology Field Trip
  • Zoo-based Conservation

The course deals with many different groups of organisms in terms of their structure, development, physiology, metabolism and ecology. It also explains how a range of new techniques, such as the sequencing of the entire genomes of an increasing number of species, have added enormously to knowledge so that modern biologists can address questions that were unanswerable in the past.

A key strength of the course is the clear linkage between this new information and established knowledge. For example, the new ‘genomics’ material is taught in association with Mendelian genetics and modern ‘bioinformatics’ methods are used to show how evolution can be followed by examining DNA and amino acid sequences from different species.

View the Biology Programmes Overview.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Become an independent, life-long learner
  • Understand and apply knowledge and concepts in Biology to enable continuing understanding of new techniques and discoveries in the subject area
  • Develop, design and carry out an independent piece of research
  • Critically analyse new theories and conceptual issues in Biology
  • Develop and apply approaches for problem solving; e.g. when constructing an effective research project or maximising the opportunity that your CV will be shortlisted

Teaching approach

  • 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 tranferable 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
  • Two special, course-based weeks each year to support skills development and employability
  • Regular Personal Academic Tutorials on a one-to one basis to 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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    Lorraine Weaver

    Lorraine is Head of Biological Sciences and has a range of interests, from the physiology and behaviour of large agricultural animals to the ecology of Bryophytes, the latter being one of her main research interests.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

The course prepares you for a number of degree paths including scientific researcher within government, industry or medical institutions, medical and laboratory sales, nature conservation, a range of public sector work and a teaching career. Many of our graduates go on to further study through masters and PhD degrees.

The Biological Sciences courses have a strong applied component. We have retained a great deal of practical and field work, both of which have been greatly reduced in many universities; these give our students an advantage when seeking employment or continuing their studies through a higher degree. This has suited students well for careers in the laboratory or the field. Some are engaged in research or education and some undertake medical qualifications or complete higher degrees.

There are many opportunities to extend your experience and enhance your CV by carrying out voluntary work. Staff members in the Institute have links with several Wild Life Trusts (including Worcestershire Wildlife Trust) and other environmental and conservation agencies, Sea Life Centres, Safari Parks etc. and can help organise voluntary work (which can feed into Independent Studies projects in the final year of study). There has also been the possibility for students to gain experience by volunteering to work within the Environmental Sustainability Eco Campus initiative.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,180 per 15-credit module, £1,575 per 20 credit module and £2,360 per 30-credit module.

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.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

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 £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Biology BSc (Hons) - C100

 

Joint Honours:
Biology and Ecology - C193
Biology and Mathematics - CG11
Biology and Psychology - CC18

 

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:

C100

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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