Biology (BSc Hons)

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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

We’re ranked No1 for teaching satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2017

Prof Adam Hart of biosciences

Top for student satisfaction

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Learning in the field and lab, focusing on local and global biological issues, you’ll develop the skills needed to move into a rewarding biosciences career. You’ll start with a thorough grounding in biochemistry, physiology, taxonomy and the ecology of animals and plants. As you advance through the course, you can choose to follow themes that mirror our research specialisms in Molecular Biology, Ecology, Global Change Biology and Whole Organism Biology.

You’ll have the opportunity to progress from field training in the UK to field research overseas, studying conservation and ecology in South Africa or the biology of alpine settings in Switzerland. In your second year you’ll also have the option to take our internship module, which not only provides a critical edge of workplace experience but also awards academic credit towards your degree. 

Throughout, you'll be guided by lecturers awarded for their teaching excellence and media work, and internationally-recognised for their frontline research in bioscience. These include Professor Adam Hart who presented BBC2’s Hive Alive, BBC4’s Planet Ant: Life Inside the Colony and BBC Radio 4’s Big Game Theory.

Study style

You'll learn through fieldwork, laboratory analysis, seminars, debates and lectures. Around 75% of assessment is by coursework, through consultancy reports, presentations, essays, scientific reports and practical tests with an emphasis on active research areas.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2017 entry

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2017 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Business, Hospitality and Tourism.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

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Fees

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeC101

Careers

  • Biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Wildlife Journalist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Conservation Biologist

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Student Focus

Sally Hall

I’m a clinical governance facilitator for NHS Shetland.

My degree was grand. There were so many fascinating field trips. We spent a lot of time outside in nature doing surveys and research. We went on a trip to The Rocky Shores in Snowdonia National Park to research plants and crustations. There were geographers, animal biologists and climate researchers. I met my future husband on that field trip! I got a lot of support from lecturers around the modules best suited to my career goals.

Industry links

In your second year you’ll have the option to take our internship module, which not only provides a critical edge of workplace experience but also awards academic credit towards your degree. Recently, students have interned with the NHS, the RSPB and  with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Others have been gaining teaching experience in schools, critical to their teacher training applications.  And some  have  joined us in our research into bacteria and stomach ulcers, genes in immunogenetics and automatic bat detectors in ecological consultancy.    Associated professional accreditations - Owing to their applied content, our biology courses are recognised by the Royal Society of Biology - a worldwide community of cross-disciplinary scientists.

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Staff Profile

Adam Hart

“I’ve always loved biology; I guess growing up on the coast and spending my summers going through rock pools probably helped. It's that fascination that's taken me to some remarkable places and found me working with organisations such as the BBC, The Society of Biology and the EU Cooperation on Science and Technology. I’m recognised at the highest national levels for all three strands of my professional life: as a biologist and an entomologist, teacher, and science communicator and I think that is a reflection of the enthusiasm I have for my subject.”

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Learn from staff who are experts in their field

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme celebrates lecturers who've made an outstanding impact on student learning. Only four lecturers in the country for Biology have been awarded this honour, and two are at the University of Gloucestershire: Professor Adam Hart and Dr. Anne Goodenough.

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Overseas field research opportunities

Residential field trip options include South Africa to study animal behavior and conservation, and the Swiss Alps to analyse the ecology of alpine environments. Recent dissertation projects have included examining turtles in Mexico, bats in Ghana and marine ecology in Abu Dhabi.

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Consistently excellent levels of student satisfaction

Learn in a supportive and personal environment. We regularly score the highest student satisfaction nationally as reflected in the Complete, The Guardian and Times university guides for biological sciences.

It's not too late to apply

You can still apply to some courses at the University of Gloucestershire this year.

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