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c100 - Biology BSc

Biology BSc Honours

UCAS Code: C100 (3 Years)

Course Overview

Our three-year Biology BSc Honours degree is the widest-ranging of our BSc degrees, dealing with all forms of life, at all scales, from the global to the molecular.

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At a Glance

UCAS Code
C100

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 35 points

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Opportunities

In the first year, all students study core biology modules, giving you a strong foundation in the subject.

In later stages, you will have a choice of specialist topics, many of which are linked to our research expertise, such as:

  • molecular biology, genomics and development
  • plant-animal interactions
  • biodiversity and conservation

Lab and field-based sessions equip you with the scientific skills required by professional biologists.

You gain practical experience through a species identification course, and a choice between an intensive project-based field course or laboratory workshop examining the application of molecular techniques.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

I enjoy the varying nature of the work we do - no two weeks are the same as there is always something different going on. I have been able to gain practical experience in both the lab and in the field.

Kimberley, Biology BSc Honours
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Course Details

Modules for 2016 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose one module from the following list:

Other optional modules may also be available.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose 30 credits from the following list:

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose one module from the following list:

You choose one module from the following list:

You choose one module from the following list:

You also choose 30 credits from the following list:

* You may take either BIO3036 or BIO3010, but not both.

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.

Careers

Biology careers

The range of skills that you acquire as a Biology or Zoology student opens the door to a wide variety of career options.

Some graduates go into jobs in research and development in:

  • biological industries
  • universities
  • the NHS and other organisations

Others go on to postgraduate training, undertaking an MSc or PhD.

Graduates have also pursued careers in areas such as:

  • sales and management in biological industries
  • environmental management
  • teaching
  • environmental education
  • science communication

Others use their degree as a stepping stone into very different careers, such as: banking and retail management; media production, event management and advertising; and adventure tourism.

Find out more about the career options for Biological Sciences from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding

 

Apply

Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

Making your application

On the UCAS website you can also find out more about:

Application decisions and enquiries

Find out more about our admissions process and who to contact if you need help with your application.