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Biology (Conservation Biology)

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

Award
BSc (Hons) Biology (Conservation Biology)
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full-time. Four years full-time (with year placement). Part-time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: 86T4 or D157
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.

A contemporary skills based course producing highly employable, professional conservation biologists.

  • Opportunity to specialise in ecological topics.
  • Practical course using contemporary learning methods.
  • High employability of graduates.

Our specialist Conservation Biology pathway enables you to develop your skills in a contemporary and practical degree. You’ll study the latest practical technique for studying conservation with a particular emphasis on the real world and its constraints.

You’ll graduate with skills tailored for the practical job market, well placed for a career in environmental / ecology consultancy, research or further study in conservation.

“The Bath Spa Biology team gives you the confidence to go on and achieve any aim you set for yourself, and the freedom to explore science in the most incredible environment.”

Liza Stanley, Biology graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

All Biology students cover a broad range of fundamental biology topics, from cell biology and genetics, to plant, animal, and human biology. In additional to these core topics, you’ll take specialised modules in conservation biology, gaining a range of appropriate knowledge and skills.

The course is "real-world" focused; 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 one
The first year focusses on fundamental topics such as cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, evolution, classification, food production and ecosystems. Associated practical classes give you hand-on experience of these concepts. You’ll also study a biodiversity and conservation module to develop your knowledge and skills in many contemporary themes of plant and animal conservation. You may choose to study modules in human biology, biochemistry, nutrition or earth science.

Year two
The second year covers a range of important human, animal and plant biology. You’ll also consider important concepts in biology such as ethics, biosecurity, genetics and technology. Additional topics you can study include ecology, biodiversity monitoring, environmental sustainability, biodiversity and microbiology. Modules in business, psychology and science publishing are also available.

There is an optional Sandwich Year in Professional Practice between your second and final year, giving you the opportunity to put your classroom knowledge and skills into practice and experience a relevant job.

Year three
You’ll carry out a dissertation in the final year. This substantial research project gives you the experience of being responsible for planning, implementing and reporting on a conservation biology topic. In addition you may study topics in nature conservation, animal behaviour, marine biology, digital imaging and plant biology. Modules in business, psychology and science publishing are also available.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are varied, designed to be appropriate to the particular skills required for each module. Some modules have coursework and examinations, but many are coursework only. The practical nature of our assessment contributes to our high levels of graduate employment.

Types of assessment include scientific papers, posters, oral presentation, interviews, essays, reports, reviews, leaflets and video presentation. There are also plenty of opportunities to choose the biological theme on which you are assessed, allowing you to have deeper understanding of aspects of biology of interest to you.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught using a range of teaching and learning methods. Interactive lectures provide you with fundamental knowledge, enhanced by the practical skills you learn in supporting sessions. Around half of your contact time will be in lectures, and half in practical or workshop sessions.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Biological Techniques
  • Conservation Biology
  • Human Biology
  • The Microbial World
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Global Food Issues
  • Food Nutrition and Health
  • Communicating Science
  • Sustainability in Life and Work
  • Environment, People and Place

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Biological Systems
  • Biology in Society
  • Research Skills in Biology
  • Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Human Pathophysiology and Nutrition
  • Food Analysis
  • Human Nutrition
  • Biology Work Placement
  • Environmental Management
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Abnormal/Clinical Psychology
  • The Marketing Business
  • Environment and Education
  • Science Journalism and Publishing
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Dissertation Planning
  • Dissertation Publication
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Plants and People
  • Environmental Practice
  • Medical Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • Nutrition and Exercise Science
  • Food Safety
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Leadership and Management
  • Successful Freelancing
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Learning in Science
  • Publishing Industry Project

Opportunities

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Spain, Sweden and the USA.

Field trips

From Kew Gardens to Haverfordwest, you’ll have opportunities to participate in field trips across the Biology modules. Please note that you’ll have to pay a contribution towards the cost of some of these study visits.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have worked with clients such as the NHS, Bristol Zoo, Operation Wallacea, English Nature and local authorities.

Careers

Biology graduates have a range of professions including environmental consultant, wildlife trust warden, livestock manager and science technician. Graduates have been employed by companies including Nicholas Pearson Associates, New Zealand Department of Conservation and RSPB.

100% of Biology students are in work or further study after 6 months of graduation.

Competitions and awards

We’ll encourage you to participate in local and national science festivals.

Each year we award five prizes to our students. These are:

  • Bath Spa University Biology Prize for best performance (one per year of study);
  • OUP Prize;
  • CIWEM Prize.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of “with Professional Placement Year” to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

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

Biology students can hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. We provide a huge variety of equipment from binoculars, to telescopes and video cameras.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
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

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

UK and EU students part time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

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

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

International students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,900
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

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

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?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

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.

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Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
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