Biology (Human Biology)

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate - single honours (cannot be combined)

Key facts

Award
BSc (Hons) Biology (Human Biology)
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full-time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: N3K2
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A level grades  BCC -CCC with Grade C in Biology, Human Biology, Environmental Science or Social Biology preferred.

View typical offers for more information.

An applied course equipping students for a fulfilling career in the life sciences industry.

  • Significant practical components give you applied laboratory and technical skills.
  • Varied assessments methods – not just essays and exams.
  • Embedded professional development, to make you as employable as possible.

Our Biology courses cover a broad range of fundamental topics such as cell biology and genetics, plant, animal and human biology. The core elements of the Human Biology pathway include applied anatomy and physiology, histology, microbiology and medical biology. There are a range of optional topics including biochemistry, psychology, and nutrition.

As well as learning about specific topics, you’ll develop a broad range of skills; some are specific to Biology, while others are useful in professional environments. The course is ‘real-world’ focussed; you’ll graduate as a professional biologist prepared to solve a range of problems and keep up to date with scientific advances.

What you'll learn

Overview

Our Biology courses cover a broad range of fundamental topics such as cell biology and genetics, plant, animal and human biology. The core elements of the Human Biology pathway include applied anatomy and physiology, histology, microbiology and medical biology. There are a range of optional topics including biochemistry, psychology, and nutrition.

As well as learning about specific topics, you’ll develop a broad range of skills; some are specific to Biology, while others are useful in professional environments. The course is ‘real-world’ focussed; you’ll graduate as a professional biologist prepared to solve a range of problems and keep up to date with scientific advances.

Course structure

Year 1
The first year focuses on fundamental biological topics such as cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, evolution and classification. Compulsory elements include the study of the human body, using ‘real time’ data collected on lung and heart function, DNA analysis, and microscopic examination of tissues. Optional modules allow you to explore key biochemistry, nutrition and health or introductory psychology.

Year 2
The second year covers a range of important human, animal and plant biology. You’ll consider concepts such as ethics, biosecurity, and genetics. The ways in which humans can be affected by disease are also examined including pathophysiology, nutrition and microbiology. The development of research skills are a focus at this level.

Optional modules in business, science publishing and psychology give more choice to your programme. There is an optional Year in Professional Practice between your second and final year, giving you the opportunity to experience a relevant employment sector.

Year 3
You’ll carry out an independent dissertation, analysing an area of interest in more detail. During this substantial research project you’ll be responsible for planning, implementing and analysing a biological study, for example this could be on microbiology, physiology, or biochemical analysis.

In addition, you’ll examine key concepts in medical biology including medical microbiology, pharmacology, histopathology, and haematology. You could also pursue optional topics in nutrition, food safety, animal behaviour, psychology or digital imaging.

How will I be assessed?

Some modules have coursework and an examination; many are coursework only. Coursework includes scientific papers, posters, oral presentation, interviews, and reports as well as practical portfolios and skills tests. There are opportunities to choose the theme on which you are assessed, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of aspects of biology that most interest you.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught using a range of teaching and learning methods. Interactive lectures provide you with fundamental theory, enhanced by the practical skills you learn in the laboratory. Around half of your contact time will be in lectures, and half in practical sessions. Sessions include physiological measurements, electrophoresis, ELISA analysis, microbiological culture and identification, antibiotic susceptibility testing, microscopy and field work, as well as quizzes and discussions.

You’ll benefit from one to one and group tutorials, alongside significant subject related resources provided through the virtual learning environment. Screencasts, blogs and wikis are used in support of cross-module elements such as data presentation and statistical analysis.

Opportunities

Biology (Human Biology) with a year in professional practice (UCAS code: T101)

Subject to approval, if you join the programme, you can opt to take a year in professional practice ('sandwich year') between your level 5 (year 2) and level 6 (year 3) studies.

This placement will enable you to put theory into practice, build professional networks and meet and work with potential employers. It will also help with work management and give you experience to bring back to your studies in your final year.

Your degree title will include the phrase “with a year in professional practice”, so it is clear to all employers that you have this experience as part of your degree.

Study abroad

There is the opportunity to study abroad in your second year through the ERASMUS program with European partners including Spain, Sweden and Malta, or further afield exchanges with the United States, China and Australia.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have carried out work placements with local hospital departments including pathology and sterile services, as well as local schools, council departments and research institutions. Our students also volunteer for key charities such as the British Red Cross and the Alzheimer’s Society.

List of current alumni careers

Recent data shows 100% of Bath Spa University Biology students are in work or further study 6 months after graduation. Employment sectors include the NHS, the blood and transfusion service, research laboratories and areas such as quality control for biological equipment manufacturers.

Some graduates have gone on to Masters level study in areas such as forensic science, environmental health, toxicology, virology, biotechnology, and the NHS Scientist Training Programme. Others have studied for a PGCE in Secondary Science teaching.

Competitions/ awards

We’ll encourage you to participate in local and national science festivals, as well as business and image competitions. Each year we award five prizes to our students, including the Bath Spa University Biology Prize for best performance.

Facilities and Resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll have access to our:

  • Laboratories
    Located in the Gardens area of the Newton Park campus, we have a number of well­-equipped recently refurbished laboratories dedicated to a variety of practical work. Some are used for specialist microbiological culturing and analysis, others for biochemistry and physiology.
  • Low Hazard Laboratory Space
    We have ‘low ­hazard’ laboratory space where you can carry out activities such as the preparation and assessment of food, exercise or psychological studies.
  • Biology Resources Room
  • Commons building
  • Newton Park library
  • Virtual Learning Environment

Resources

All laboratory equipment – including personal protective clothing such as lab coats and safety glasses – is provided. Specialist equipment is available for undergraduate use including instruments for: chemical, physiological, environmental and DNA analysis; microbiological culturing; and microscopy. This is supported by experienced and enthusiastic technical staff. 

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2018

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Islands students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for motivated, committed students who wish to push the boundaries of their academic knowledge and get the best possible preparation for their future career. You’ll want to become a socially engaged global citizen, ready to make a difference.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - A level grades  BCC -CCC with Grade C in Biology, Human Biology, Environmental Science or Social Biology preferred.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma minimum grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in a science or related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 26 points with evidence of study in Science accepted.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher)  in a science or related subject.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries
For further information about the programme or other enquiries, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

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Get ahead

If you would like to prepare for the course before you arrive there are a number of general biology textbooks that you can read. Contact us for further information on recommended texts.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Ian Todd
Email: i.todd@bathspa.ac.uk