BSc Biology (with Integrated Foundation) C101

2016 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We have places available for Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2016.  Visit our Clearing and Adjustment pages for up to date information on vacancies and to apply.

Course Overview

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BSc Integrated four year degree scheme in Biology combining a foundation year followed by one of our Single Honours degree schemes.

Enhanced first year contact hours and small class sizes.

The foundation year offers students an opportunity to build up the scientific understanding essential for successful completion of a degree in Biosciences.

The additional support through the foundation year is particularly suitable for those students who may have under-performed at A level but have an interest in Biosciences and the potential to complete a degree.

The scheme targets the achievement of better degree results and enhanced employability.

Key Features

  • 100% Biology students are satisfied with their course (NSS 2015)
  • Zoology at Swansea is 12th in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS 2015) 
  • 100% of our Marine Biology students found the course intellectually stimulating (NSS 2015)
  • Our research has been ranked 7th among UK Universities, and 2nd in the UK for the quality of our research papers (second only to Oxford)   (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • We are in the UK TOP 20 for teaching quality (Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016)
  • New £1.3m Visualisation Centre which displays and manipulates multi-dimensional information from animal tag monitoring - unique in the world
  • Research vessel RV Noctiluca for training and project work at sea
  • Excellent transferable skills that open doors to careers in all sectors of the economy
  • A department with over 40 years of commitment to the best international standards of University education
  • A University with a high success rate for graduation, low drop out rate and excellent student support
  • Year in Industry programmes available for 2016 entry

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 0 (Level 3)

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
BIO103Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Plants and Algae; Diversity Form and Function
BIO104Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cellular & Microbial Biology
BIO108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Molecular and Evolutionary Biology
BIO109Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Core Skills for Biological Sciences
Optional Modules
Biosciences Welsh Options 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Welsh or English versions of the module below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
BIO105Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Animal Diversity, Form and Function
BIO105CSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Amrywiaeth a Ffisioleg Anifeiliaid
AND
Biosciences Welsh Options 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Welsh or English versions of the module below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
BIO106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ecology and Behaviour
BIO106CSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ecoleg ac Ymddygiad

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
BIO231Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Year 2 Literature Review
BIO232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Plant Ecology
BIO239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Ecological Microbiology and the Cycles of Life
BIO252Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Ecological Data Analysis
Optional Modules

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
BIO350Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Biosciences Research Project
Optional Modules
Field or Lab Module  

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
BIO331Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Professional Techniques in Ecology, conservation and Resource Management
BIO340Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Professional Laboratory SkillsYou have not taken the required Pre Requisite modules for this selection
AND
Biology Recommended  

Choose Minimum Of 30 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
BIO319Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Biological Control of Invertebrate Pests
BIO325Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Physics for Biologists
BIO328Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Epidemiology of zoonotic diseases
BIO337Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Biodiversity
BIO341Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Plant Conservation and Ecology
BIO343Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Natural Products Biotechnology
AND
Biology Optional  

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
BIO308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Movement ecology
BIO313Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Diseases of aquatic animals
BIO316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Mammalian Carnivore Ecology and Conservation
BIO318Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ecology of Marine Animals
BIO320Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Environmental Impact Assessment
BIO327Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Tropical marine ecology field course
BIO330Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Tropical marine ecology and conservation
BIO334Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Advanced Data Analysis
BIO335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Fisheries and aquaculture
BIO338Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Polar Biology
BIO342Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Sensory Ecology
BIZ300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Collective Animal Behaviour
PM-308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Animal Development
OR
GEB301 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If you wish to take GEB301 you should select modules from this group up to 40 credits total

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
BIO308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Movement ecology
BIO316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Mammalian Carnivore Ecology and Conservation
BIO318Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ecology of Marine Animals
BIO320Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Environmental Impact Assessment
BIO327Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Tropical marine ecology field course
BIO335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Fisheries and aquaculture
BIO338Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Polar Biology
BIO342Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Sensory Ecology
GEB301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interdisciplinary Field Course to the Indian Himalayas (Sikkim)

Description

  • BSc Integrated four year degree scheme in Biology combining a foundation year followed by one of our Single Honours degree schemes.
  • Enhanced first year contact hours and small class sizes.
  • The foundation year offers students an opportunity to build up the scientific understanding essential for successful completion of a degree in Biosciences.
  • The additional support through the foundation year is particularly suitable for those students who may have under-performed at A level but have an interest in Biosciences and the potential to complete a degree.
  • The scheme targets the achievement of better degree results and enhanced employability.

Entry Requirements

  • Our typical offer is CCD from three A levels or equivalent to include Biology. 
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – Grades DMM. Only science-based BTECs will be considered (excluding Animal Management and Health Science).
  • Access to HE (Science): 27 Merits to include Biology.
  • IB: 24 (including 4 Higher Level or 7 Standard Level in Biology/Human Biology)
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to consider applicants with GCSE qualifications alone.
  • General Studies and Key Skills qualifications are normally excluded from our offers.
  • All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee’s comments.
  • International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

How To Apply

  • All applications for full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through UCAS. Further information is available on the UCAS website.
  • For UK applicants, please apply online at www.ucas.ac.uk
  • For International students, please click here

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,000

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

  • Lab coat and dissection kit (Level 1 for all degree programmes) – approximately £30
  • Tropical Marine Biology field course in Puerto Rico - (costs ~£1200 - £1700 tbc)
  • Sikkim overseas field trip (Biology and Zoology Level 3 - optional) – student contributes £500 towards travel and accommodation

*We also advise all students to have suitable outdoor clothing and sensible footwear (wellington boots)

International Entry Requirements

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and discussion groups, supported by practical classes and field courses.

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including examinations, coursework and a practical research project.



Student profiles

“Having achieved a First Class Honours in Biology in 2010, I now work as a Research Assistant in the microbiology lab at Zoobiotic where I am responsible for product testing.  It is a challenging position which I was well prepared for because my dissertation involved culturing maggots and testing their medically important secretions.”

Mark Martin, BSc Biology

Read our student profiles

Facilities

The Department of Biosciences provides access to an extensive range of specialist facilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.  These include: Research and IT laboratories; Constant temperature rooms; Growth rooms; Aquaria; Greenhouses; Zoology Museum; A custom-designed 12.5m coastal research vessel, RV Noctiluca.

Our new Teaching Laboratory is a significantly upgraded facility to teach a higher level of transferable laboratory techniques and skills, with a capacity to hold 150 students; it includes a full range of AV facilities able to transmit to several plasma screens output from a variety of sources including microscopes, PCs, DVD/Video players and visualise/camera units.

Find out more about the facilities used by Biosciences students at Swansea University.
 
 



Careers

As scientists in training you will be taught a full range of core skills and practises by leading experts that will enable you to successfully pursue a career within biology and ecology.

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status.  The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).  Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:

  • Ecologist (Jacobs Engineering & CSA Environmental)
  • Delivery Officer (Biotechnology & Biological Science Research Council)
  • Project Officer (Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust)
  • Hydrometry and Telemetry Officer (Natural Resources Wales)
  • Benthic Taxonomist (Oceanology Ltd)
  • Wildlife and Education Officer (Ipswich Borough Council)
  • Crop Technician (Humber Growers)
  • Animal keeper (All Things Wild)
  • Quality Control Associate (Amgen Biovex Ltd)
  • Royal Navy Officer (Britannia Royal Navy College)
  • Research Assistant (TRP Research)

Find out more about employability

Research

All academic staff in Biosciences are active researchers and the department has a thriving research culture. Find out more

Fieldwork

All biology students carry out a ten week research project module in Year Three. This can either be laboratory or field-based depending on the interests of the student. Some students carry out their projects abroad.

Our field courses include:

Animal Ecology

Tropical Marine Biology, Puerto Rico

Sikkim, Himalayas

Terrestrial Ecology

Enrolment

Welcome to new and returning students.

You will find information regarding Departmental Enrolment and Induction events, along with enrolment instructions here.

Welsh-medium provision for students

The ability to communicate scientific topics in the biological sciences through Welsh is a key skill required by increasing numbers of employers, and Swansea University is perfectly situated to take advantage of this.