BSc Biological Sciences
Entry Requirements 2015

Degree UCAS code A levels International Baccalaureate
Biological Sciences C100 ABB-BBB from three A-levels including Biology and a second science, both at minimum grade B. 32-30 points overall with grade 5 in Biology and in a second science, both at Higher Level.
Biological Sciences
with Industrial Experience
C101 AAB-ABB from three A-levels including Biology and a second science, both at minimum grade B. 34-32 points overall with grade 5 in Biology and in a second science, both at Higher Level.

Acceptable BTECs & required units (for both C100 & C101)

Applied Science

The three units below are compulsory:

  • Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body System
  • Unit 18: Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Unit 24: Principles of Plant and Soil Science

The applicant needs to also be doing a minimum of three of the following units:

  • Unit 12: Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Unit 13: Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
  • Unit 15: Microbiological Techniques
  • Unit 16: Chemistry for Biology Technicians
  • Unit 21: Biomedical Science Techniques
  • Unit 23: Science for Environmental Technicians
  • Unit 43: Diseases and Infections

Animal Management

The three units below are compulsory:

  • Unit 02: Understand the Principles of Animal Biology
  • Unit 03: Understand Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Unit 30: Understand the Principles of Chemistry for Biological and Medical Science

The applicant needs to also be doing a minimum of three of the following units:

  • Unit 10: Understand the Principles of Animal Nutrition
  • Unit 13: Understand and Interpret Animal Behaviour and Communication
  • Unit 16: Understand the Principles and Carry Out the Practice of Biochemistry and Microbiology
  • Unit 19: Understanding the Principles of Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation
  • Unit 26: Fundamentals of Science
  • Unit 27: Chemistry for Biology Technicians
  • Unit 28: Understand the Principles of Inheritance and Genetic Manipulation
  • Unit 32: Understand the Principles of Animal Breeding and Genetics

Countryside Management and Health & Social Care BTECs may also be considered for C100 if other qualifications have also been taken to cover the Biomolecular or Bio-environmental side of Biology that these BTECs don't cover. The units required for these BTECs would be the same as those required by Ecology and Biomedical Sciences respectively.

Acceptable Science Subjects:

Applied Science*, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Psychology, Statistics

*Applied Science (single or double award) cannot be accepted in place of the subject requirements, e.g. Biology, for any degree course.

We do accept A level Human Biology in place of A level Biology.

Subjects not accepted as a Science, but accepted as an A level:

Applied Health and Social Care, Computer Science, Food Technology, Information Technology, Physical Education, Science in Society, Sports Science, Use of Maths*

*Use of Maths cannot be accepted in place of Maths or Further Maths A level.

Exclusions:

Citizenship, Critical Thinking and General Studies A levels; Key Skills; the Extended Project

GCSEs:

Minimum grade C required in English and Mathematics (not necessary for students studying these subjects at A-level - C in Maths GCSE also not required for those studying Physics or Statistics at A-level).

Access to Higher Education Diploma

The minimum requirement to pass an Access course is 60 credits in total with 45 credits at level 3 and 15 at level 2. This includes GCSE equivalence in Maths and English.

Access courses must be recognised by the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency). Make sure you confirm this with your college.

To assess the Access course for its suitability for entry into our degree we will need to see a breakdown of subject and unit/module titles, what level they are at, and their credit values.

Applicants must be taking a minimum of 12 credits in Biology and a minimum 12 credits in a second science subject at Level 3.

Standard offer:

Successfully pass the Access Diploma with 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit (level 3 credits). All credits in Biology and a second science have to be at Distinction.

For applicants without GCSE Maths and/or English we can also ask for: Pass in GCSE equivalence in Maths and/or English.

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