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What makes Biology and Ecology at Worcester special?

Studied in combination, these subject areas offer a critical interpretation of the natural science that exists between living organisms and their surroundings.

At Worcester you will engage with Biology at every level, from the molecular through to whole organisms and beyond, to their relationships with each other and the wider environment.

The Ecology course provides a thorough understanding of the interactions between species and in assessing the environmental impacts of humans.



Key Features

  • Enthusiastic and experienced lecturers committed to high-quality research-based teaching and in providing a friendly, supportive learning experience.
  • The ability to apply the analytical theoretical techniques and knowledge to real-life ecological/biological issues
  • A strong introduction to species identification, biological surveying and laboratory skills
  • Numerous fieldwork opportunities, including optional residential field course to Provence in the South of France
  • Opportunities to study abroad for a semester, undertake a ‘placement’ year, participate in the University’s 'earn as you learn' scheme and gain work experience within the ecology and biology sectors
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points

In addition Ecology asks that:

  • 96 must include A2 Biology and A2 in another Science (includes Environmental Science)
  • 104 must include A2 Biology and AS in another Science
  • 108 must include AS Biology and A2 in another Science
  • 112 must include AS Biology

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 pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ.

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

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from UCAS. 

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Classification and Species Identification
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Basis of Biological Surveying
  • Environmental Skills and Applications
  • Animal Diversity
  • Cell Biology

Year 2


  • Plant Biology 
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology or Molecular Genetics and Conservation
  • Ecology – Individuals to Ecosystems


  • Work Experience 
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Agents and Allergens
  • Animal Senses and Survival
  • Human Genetics
  • Medical Forensic Science
  • Applied Human Metabolism
  • Comparative Digestive Anatomy and Physiology
  • Population and Community Ecology
  • Research Practice and Professional Development
  • Field Techniques and Identification Skills 
  • Geographical Information Systems Ecology of Freshwaters
  • Animal Behaviour

Year 3


  • Independent Study 
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Landscape Ecology


  • Mammalian Reproduction 
  • Work Experience
  • Animal Movement 
  • Plant Development & Physiology
  • Forensic DNA Analysis
  • Biological Indicators for Crime Reporting 
  • Pharmacology 
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics 
  • Mediterranean Environments Filed Course
  • Zoo-Based Conservation
  • Research Methods and Research Project
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Applied GIS and Remote Sensing
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Biology and Ecology.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for Biology BSc (Hons) and Ecology BSc (Hons)


Lorraine Weaver

Lorraine's interests range from the physiology and behaviour of large agricultural animals to the ecology of Bryophytes, the latter being one of her main research interests.

Lorraine also carries out research on learning and teaching. With other biology tutors, Lorraine has developed a Personal Development Planning scheme which is unique to Worcester. One aspect of this is that it recognises and records the skills which students can gain, including the practical skills.


Dr John Dutton

Dr John Dutton joined the University of Worcester in May 2009 with a strong and extensive lecturing background having lectured at the Associate Faculty of UWE, Hartpury College and at Otley College, Suffolk. He has eclectic research experience, which includes investigating the role of rabbits in sand-dune conservation, small mammal habitat use, restoration ecology and the reintroduction of European beavers, wild boar in the Forest of Dean and expedition-based ecological research.


Where could it take you?

The Biology component of your degree prepares you for a number of career pathways 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.

As an Ecologist 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 vegetation analysis, data analysis, and applied statistics. You also learn how to gather environmental or physiological data in the laboratory and/or the field using logging equipment, controlled environment cabinets and a range of physiological monitoring devices.

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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 the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 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 the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 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.

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


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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Biology and Ecology BSc (Hons) - C193

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.



Get in touch

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

Lorraine Weaver

Head of Biological Sciences

Dr John Dutton

Course leader - Psychology