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 behavioural 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.
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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.
Year 3 - 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.
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.
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.
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.
What our students say
“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.”
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
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
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed
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The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.
The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.
Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.
Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.