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BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (with Foundation Year option)

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  • UCAS Code:
    C100
  • Institution:
    B50

With foundation year: C105

This hands-on BSc course will equip you with a wealth of biological knowledge and the practical skills to tackle some of the world's greatest challenges. From genes to ecosystems, you will explore the fundamentals of life on Earth and how this knowledge can be applied to make positive changes to individuals, societies and global environments.

The first year consolidates and develops your core knowledge and understanding of biological chemistry, cell biology, human physiology and evolutionary biology. In addition, you'll develop important practical laboratory and scientific skills that will form the basis of future successes in academic writing and experimental design. You'll start to define your pathway through the degree, begin to specialise as a biological scientist and identify potential placement opportunities.

Year two provides opportunities to explore your chosen subjects in greater depth. With guidance from expert academics, you'll start to take ownership of your knowledge by developing your own project ideas and considering potential career paths. You'll explore connections between subjects and gain an appreciation of how professional research is conducted. At this point, you might also choose to undertake a 30-week placement.

The final year offers further opportunities to specialise in your biological disciplines and really focuses your mind on career paths. You'll develop and complete a defining capstone dissertation project that will highlight your abilities and interests – ending the degree as an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and skilled biological scientist.

Our students in the Life and Environmental Sciences Department often work in partnership with staff to co-create research, collaborating with professionals and assisting with placement opportunities. You can learn more about this and the exciting opportunities available at our Co-creating Science web page.

Foundation year: We have a foundation year option for UK students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the scientific skills required for Biological Sciences, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full degree.  

For September 2021 entry: in order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in the industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in March 2021 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years with a 5-week placement, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement. Foundation year: 4 years full-time with a 5-week placement or 5 years with a 30-week minimum placement

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. If you do not meet the entry requirements for the course, you can opt to take a foundation year before progressing on to the full degree. Foundation year: 48-72 UCAS tariff points. For more information check out our full entry requirements

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. Foundation year: IELTS (Academic) 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (writing, speaking, listening and reading) or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. In addition to teaching delivered by BU staff, you will benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Please see ‘Scheduled learning and teaching activities’ within this section for an approximate breakdown of contact hours for each year of the degree.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

You could even choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain transferable skills to help you stand out in the job market. 

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placements

Your application

For this course we are looking for applicants who:

  • Can demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of chemistry and biology
  • Have basic laboratory skills
  • Can demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

Within six months of completing their course, 85% of our students are working or studying. They work for a range of organisations, including the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, NHS, Sigma Aldrich and the Pacific Islands Conservation Initiative.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

Visit our department pages to read more about the specialist interests of our Life & Environmental Sciences staff, or register for an Open Day to meet us.

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes

Hear from our staff

Kevin McGhee

One of my 3rd year students organised a 6 week placement at a Molecular Genetiics laborotory in the US.

Hear from our staff

Dr Wei-Jun Liang

We help students’ capacity-building through learning and applying knowledge, concepts, academic and transferable skills for brighter future careers.

Hear from our alumni

Sophie Billington

I became interested in genetics whilst studying at BU and this gave me the motivation and confidence to pursue my placement in the USA, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.