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The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Biological Sciences

Why choose this course?

  • Your study of the fascinating subjects of Biological Sciences will enable you to understand the function and interaction of microorganisms, plants and animals.
  • The course spans molecular, cellular, genetic and behavioral aspects of how organisms live and interact.
  • The course structure enables the opportunity to study aspects of biology of interest to the individual, ranging from molecular biology to animal conservation.
  • You will have ample opportunity to develop technical competence and undertake experiments which explore how living organisms function.
  • As you proceed through the course you will acquire transferable skills which will assist you in your studies and which are valued by employers. These skills include numeracy, scientific publication, oral presentation, digital literacy, time management and career planning.
  • By the end of the course your knowledge of biology, understanding of technological advances and application of scientific information will put you in a strong position to choose your future career.

 Biological Sciences

Find out more about our Biological Science courses by clicking on the video

What happens on the course?

Year 1 provides you with a foundation in the biology of micro-organisms, plants and animals. Studies combine to explain the genetic, molecular and chemical basis of life. Key numeric, written, laboratory, IT and study skills are an important feature, to facilitate effective study throughout the coming years.

Year 2 expands on the fundamentals of year one to more deeply explore the genetic control, molecular activities and cellular organisation in microorganisms, plants and animals. Options allow development of interest in, for example, microbiology, biotechnology, conservation, animal behaviour and human evolution. Dedicated practical modules provide the opportunity to explore theory and practice whilst preparing you for your specialist Honours research project.

The sandwich year is an optional yet highly recommended opportunity to experience a working environment. The sandwich placement provide students with invaluable vocational experience in a relevant industrial or research environment, which is supported by a University supervisor throughout.


The final year explores advanced topics and issues depending upon the options of choice. These include animal biology and behaviour, food microbiology, plant biotechnology, and the ethical and social implications of biological exploitation. You also undertake an extensive Honours research project of your choice within your preferred specialism.

You can find more detail on course content in the Biological Science Course Guide.

Your studies will be guided by academic staff with specialism in biology, including among others; Professor Dave Hill, Dr Tim Baldwin and Dr Chris Young.

 Biological Sciences

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The course has recently been awarded Society of Biology Recognition

· The latest National Student Survey reveal that students were 100% satisfied with their course.

· All our state-of-the-art laboratories are located in a brand new building, the Rosalind Franklin Science Centre which has a diverse range of specialist facilities including genetic and molecular analysis and product analysis, and facilities for growing cells, including a separate fermentation suite.

· We have been running a degree programme in Biological Sciences for over 20 years.

· Our academic staff is comprised of experienced teachers and researchers who are enthusiastic about their subject and who understand the requirements of science graduates in industry.

· Our teaching has been rated ‘excellent’ by the Quality Assurance Agency (23/24).

· Each student is allocated a personal tutor and learning support is offered in many different forms including all lecture material available online with additional addition to videos demonstrating the practical skills to be learnt - our student support has been highly praised by both external and University assessors.

What our students think

“Staff were knowledgeable, as well as, accessible (not something I had experienced elsewhere) and there was a real sense that the whole school cared about the achievements of its students.”

“My overall experience has been brilliant. Lecturers were always so encouraging and enthusiastic from an Open Day to my final days at the University. Looking back all I can say is that on the first day of my course I would have never thought that I would come out with a First Class Degree. I cannot emphasise enough how helpful the staff were at the University, they were always so friendly and approachable which made my journey all the more enjoyable.”

“After underachieving during A-level studies, the University of Wolverhampton helped me accomplish more than I ever expected. Using the support of academic staff and the careers team, I was able to develop both my academic skills and career prospects. At all times, staff were friendly and easy to contact for help. Accordingly, I only have positive comments to make, and would recommend the Applied Biological Sciences course to all.”

Career path

A degree in Biological Sciences opens a variety of career opportunities. Your knowledge of biological systems, attainment of transferable skills and technical competence enable you consider a range of career paths. Science related employment in technology based companies, whether multinational or smaller enterprises in biotechnology, agricultural, pharmaceutical and government agencies are all potential avenues. Food manufacturing and water companies require employees to undertake varied responsibilities such as quality assurance and the development and production of new products.

Having been enthused by the Honours project, students often pursue post graduate qualifications on MSc courses such as MSc Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology the proposed new Master in Biology due to begin in 2015, or research based PhD programmes.

The broad scope of the course accommodates non-scientific careers and consequently teaching, retail, marketing and management are all realistic options.

 Biological Sciences

What skills will you gain?

A Biological Sciences degree will provide a valuable qualification in an attractive, stimulating and widely recognised subject area with good job prospects. The vocational nature of the course, together with effective literacy and numeracy skills, ensures that you will be well equipped with the attributes necessary to enable you to pursue a career of your choosing.

Who accredits this course?

Recognised by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of associate membership.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A-Level minimum BB or CDD to include a Science subject preferably Biology
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma requires 60 credits overall, 45 credits at Level 3 to include at least 18 Science credits at Merit.

  • BTEC QCF Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science grade MMP or BTEC National Diploma grade DM.
  • Applicants will normally be expected to hold GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4 or equivalent
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

Course fees and finance

2018/9 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,700
Part time # £2,835

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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