Biology is a wide ranging practical programme allowing you to study the subject in breadth or specialise in aspects which particularly interest you, such as human biology or ecology.
Why study Biology?
This course covers all the core aspects of biology while still allowing you to develop expertise in specialist areas. Biology has a strong practical element and you will have plenty of opportunities to study plants and animals in the wild as well as in the laboratory. There is also a strong human biology thread in our degree programme. As well as scheduled practical sessions, day trips and residential field trips provide the opportunity to study topics in greater depth.
Our staff are friendly and enthusiastic with expertise in many areas of biology from occupational diseases to plant anatomy and wildlife conservation. By the end of your degree you will be particularly well equipped to be a professional biology but you will also have a broad range of transferable skills and the versatility to succeed in many other careers. There is also the opportunity for you to gain work experience in a relevant organisation as part of your degree programme.
Our campus is particularly suited to the study of biology, boasting many interesting habitats including woodland, farmland, a lake, ponds and a stream. As well as these important natural resources we also have a boat, wildlife video system, walled garden, greenhouses, recently refurbished laboratories and a range of specialist equipment and computer software. In brief, we can provide everything you need to make your biological studies relevant, interesting and applicable to a rewarding career.
Ratio of applications to places
No. of applicants (2011): 169
No. of places (2011): 20 (additional places are available as part of a Combined Award)
National student survey results
Overall student Satisfaction with teaching for courses in this subject area (2012): 82%
In your first year you will study the core module, Biology: The Living World. This allows you to develop your understanding of the fundamentals of biology from cell biology and genetics to characteristics of plant and animal communities. You may also choose to study additional modules in human biology and biodiversity.
In the second year you will look at the biology of plants, animals and humans in greater depth and be able to study additional topics that particularly interest you, such as human environments, ecology, environmental management and wildlife conservation. A work experience module gives you the opportunity to gain academic credit for relevant voluntary or paid work carried out during your second year.
In your final year of study you will specialise in topics such as animal behaviour, marine biology, human health, environmental consultancy, biodiversity assessment and plant biology. All students also carry out an independent study as part of their dissertation which enables you to pursue an area of biology which is of special interest to you.
- Biology: The Living World
- Biodiversity and Conservation
- Human Biology
- Biology: The Science of Life
- Biological Research Skills
- Biological Psychology
- Environmental Management
- Health and Human Environments
- Nutritional Science
- Wildlife Conservation
- Work Experience
- Biology Dissertation
- Abnormal Psychology
- Animal Behaviour
- Biodiversity Assessment
- Environmental Consultancy
- Evolutionary Psychology
- Investigations in Human Biology
- Marine Biology
- Nutrition and Exercise Science
- Plants and People
We use a wide variety of assessment types in our modules, including essays, practical reports, oral presentations, posters and leaflets. Some first and second year modules have an examination component, but all final year modules are coursework only.
We strongly believe that learning is not a one-way process and our teaching reflects this philosophy. We encourage discussion and participation in our classroom sessions and provide a lot of choice within assessments. This helps you focus on aspects of biology which particularly interest you, whilst ensuring we maintain the highest academic standards. Our range of natural and specialist resources support our wide range of teaching methods.
The Newton Park campus is an excellent location for the study of Biology. The 'natural laboratory' of our campus provides a rich variety of woodland, grassland and freshwater habitats, which are used extensively in practical work.
Our laboratories, glasshouses and experimental areas provide specialist facilities for a wide range of biological studies including aquatic, ecological, anatomical and soil analysis. Our modern ecological surveying equipment such as bat detectors and night vision wildlife camera enables you to be involved in interesting and contemporary biological research studies.
All applications are through UCAS
International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.
The University has a programme of Open Days throughout the year where you can learn more about our courses, see our facilities and talk to some of our current students. See the main University web pages for more information.
If you wish to know more about the content of the Biology degree please contact the Biology Subject Leader, Dr Ian Todd.
260–300 UCAS Tariff points with minimum 80 points from a relevant science subject such as biology, chemistry, human biology, environmental science or social biology.
We realise that having a degree relevant to employers is crucial if you are going to find a job at the end of your studies. We are particularly aware of skills employers need and this is reflected in the content and structure of modules. Our assessment is very 'real world' focussed to make assignments more interesting and relevant to biological employment.
Our graduates are successful and many take further qualifications such as PGCE, Masters or doctorates. Others have been employed in both public and private organisations such as ecological consultancies, water companies, wildlife trusts, teaching and government agencies such as the Environment Agency.
Since 2010, employers such as Yeovil Hospital, Hanson, the NHS and Bath Spa University have recruited graduates from this course. Students have also gone into roles including Medical Lab Assistant, Student Cardiac Physiology and Science Technician.
What students say...
Graduate Profile: Katie Duke, Biology & Business, graduated 2006
“I work for the Royal Agricultural College as Enterprise Co-ordinator. It is a great job and every day is very different. My main responsibilities are helping to encourage students to set up their own business and promoting rural entrepreneurship. In addition, I run a small business for the RAC called Muddy Wellies which is a drinks range with the proceeds invested in student enterprise. I also run a national business case study competition for Universities called the Grassroutes Challenge.
I would advise students to get as much work experience/voluntary work, as possible. I really enjoyed working as a Student Ambassador when I was at Bath Spa. I even met my husband Matt when we were both working as Student Ambassadors!”