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What is Biology BSc (Hons)?

Learning in the field and lab, focusing on local and global biological issues, you’ll join our Biosciences team – ranked 6th nationally for student experience by the Guardian and The Times.

You’ll start with biochemistry, physiology, taxonomy and the ecology of animals and plants. You can then 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, in the Savannah of South Africa, the tropical rainforests of Borneo or mountains of Switzerland.

Throughout, you’ll be guided by lecturers awarded for their teaching excellence and media work, and internationally-recognised for their frontline conservation research in bioscience.

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 – all with an emphasis on active research areas.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels, BTEC or equivalent qualifications, for example:
      BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

      If your course has a fast-track option that you’re applying to, you’ll also need to pass an entry interview.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham C101 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham C101

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Wildlife Journalist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Microbiologist, Biotechnologist
  • Researcher/Teacher
  • Environmental Consultant.

Industry links

We offer short-term internships and year-long placement options – so you can gain workplace experience, network with potential employers and obtain academic credit towards your degree. Recently students have interned with the NHS, the RSPB and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Others have gained teaching experience in schools to support their teacher training applications. And some have joined us in our research in bacteria and stomach ulcers, immunogenetics, and automatic bat detectors in ecological consultancy.

Excellent levels of student satisfaction

You’ll learn in a supportive and personal environment with consistently excellent levels of student satisfaction. We came =1st in the UK for teaching in biology in the National Student Survey 2020 and 6th for student experience in the Guardian and The Times league tables.

Student on Swiss Alps field trip

Outstanding impact on student learning

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.

Biosciences students on a field trip in the forest
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Biology - Teaching Satisfaction - NSS 2020

Our Biology courses rank 1st in the UK for teaching satisfaction according to the National Student Survey 2020.

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Biology - Assessment and Feedback - NSS 2020

Our Biology courses rank 1st in the UK for assessment and feedback according to the National Student Survey 2020.


As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

"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 as a biologist, entomologist, teacher and science communicator – and I think that’s a reflection of the enthusiasm I have for my subject.”

Adam Hart, Professor of Science Communication

Adam Hart in a laboratory

"My degree had 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 – and I’m now Clinical Governance Facilitator for NHS Shetland.”

Sally Hall, Biology student

"I invite students to work with me on my research projects"

“My particular passions are ornithology and conservation (anything connected with birds and how to conserve both birds and other species fascinates me). I frequently invite students to work with me on my research projects. I’ve now published 18 papers jointly with students – and I’m always delighted with the level of commitment and skill they demonstrate.”

Dr Anne Goodenough, Professor in Applied Ecology

Anne Goodenough in a laboratory

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