Our biology courses ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction and 11th for research intensity (biological sciences) according to the Complete University Guide 2020.
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.
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.
You'll study a variety of modules from 'Biostatistics' to 'Marine Biology'.
Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.
Tariff information for 2020 entry
BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.
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.
Grade 4/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 contact our admissions team if you have a question.
See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
|UCAS codes available for this subject|
|BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-time||C101|
|BSc (Hons) - 4 years placement||C10P|
- Wildlife Journalist
- Laboratory Technician
- Conservation Biologist
- Microbiologist, Biotechnologist
- Research / Teaching
- Environmental Consultant
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.
"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate
12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week)
Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas; popular overseas placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.
If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.
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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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Consistently excellent levels of student satisfaction
Learn in a supportive and personal environment. We scored 94% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018.