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Biology (Human Biology)

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

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BSc (Hons) Biology (Human Biology)
School
School of Science
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full-time. Four years part-time (with year placement). Part-time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: N3K2 or T101
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 CCC with Grade C in Biology, Human Biology, Environmental Science or Social Biology preferred.

View "typical offers" for more information.

An applied human biology degree, 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 focused; you’ll graduate as a professional biologist, prepared to solve a range of problems and keep up to date with scientific advances.

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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 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 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 two
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 Professional Palcement Year between your second and final year, giving you the opportunity to experience a relevant employment sector.

Year three
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.

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

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Biological Systems
  • Biology in Society
  • Research Skills for Biology
  • Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Human Pathophysiology and Nutrition
  • Food Analysis
  • Human Nutrition
  • Biology Work Placement
  • Environmental Management
  • Biotechnology
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Abnormal / Clinical Psychology
  • 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
  • Nutrition and Exercise Science
  • Food Safety
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Investigations in Microbiology
  • Evolutionary Neuroscience and the Origin of the Human Mind
  • Applied Behavioural Psychology
  • Learning in Science
  • Publishing Industry Project

Opportunities

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 and 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.

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

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

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
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

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

UK and EU students part time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2022
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2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,300
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

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

All students full time - with professional 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. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

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 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: Samanatha Lane
Email: s.lane@bathspa.ac.uk

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