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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

One of the UK’s best universities for studying biology, we’re ranked in the top 4 in the Guardian University Guide 2016 for biosciences.

Prof Adam Hart of biosciences

Top for student satisfaction

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Practical experience is central to the course. Many modules include field or laboratory work to ensure you develop a good understanding of the underlying science, and the skills needed to flourish in a biosciences career. Current field work opportunities range from researching animal behaviour at a wildlife reserve in Mankwe Reserve in South Africa, to studying alpine ecology in Switzerland.

You can also complete an internship as part of the course, giving you an edge on fellow graduates. Previous internships have included the government’s science labs at Porton Down Microbiology Base, West Midland Safari Park and local conservation trusts.

Throughout your course, you'll be guided by lecturers awarded for their teaching excellence and media work, and internationally-recognised for their frontline research in the biosciences. For example, Professor Adam Hart's BBC4 programme ‘Planet Ant: Life Inside the Colony’ was recently nominated for a Royal Television Society Award.

Study style

Emphasis is placed on real-world research in coursework and projects. Only 20% of assessment is examination-based. You also have the opportunity to be involved in field work both at home and abroad.

Entry requirements

You will need 300 UCAS Tariff points to be considered for this course.

The UCAS Tariff system takes into account a wide range of qualifications including BTECs, A Levels, AS Levels, International Baccalaureate Diplomas and Access courses, to name just a few.

If you’ve studied more than one type of qualification (for example BTECs with A Levels) don’t forget to include them all in your application as they will all count towards your tariff total.

Take a look at the UCAS tariff list for a full list of accepted qualifications.

Please see our full entry requirements for more details.

If you are an international student, you will need an IELTS 6.0 overall in English with no less than 5.5 in any other band, or equivalent.

Please see the international entry requirements in your country for full details.

Details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

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


  • Biologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Microbiologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Research scientist

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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

Students have completed internships with the government's science labs at Porton Down Microbiology Base, West Midland Safari Park and the local conservation trust. You can also visit the famous Cheltenham Racecourse for equine study.

Programme specifications

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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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Top for student satisfaction

Study on a course that achieved 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014.

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Gain experience in the field

Gain practical experience in the lab and in the field. Current field trip options include visits to South Africa and the Swiss Alps.

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Taught by award-winning academics

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.

Complete an internship to gain hands-on experience

You can complete an internship as part of the course, giving you an edge on fellow graduates. Previous internships have included working with Wildlife Trusts, Zoos and Local Councils.

Get published before you graduate

Many of our students work with staff on research projects and graduate with their names on published research papers.

Contact us

Find out more about our courses.

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