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Overview

Our BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience & Zoology course will equip you with the skills to pursue a career within the animal sciences sector.

With excellent field and work-related learning opportunities, career options include animal welfare, countryside ranger, pest and infestation control, zoo keeper, fish farmer, aquaculture research and teaching.

Laboratories play a vital role in research, diagnosis and treatment, with biomedical scientists carrying out tests on specimens, with timely and effective analysis of results informing the effective diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and prevention of disease .

Our course will ensure that you gain the knowledge, skills and experience to play a leading role in a modern and dynamic sector.

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Placement Opportunities 

In year three you will have the opportunity to take part in relevant work-based learning module. Work-based learning is available as part of this course and can help to provide relevant skills and experience that will boost your employment prospects upon graduation. 

Recent student placements include Blair Drummond Safari Park, Amazonia and with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). 

Professional Approval and Accreditation 

Upon completion you will automatically fulfil the academic requirements for admission as an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology.

97%

of students were satisfied with the quality of this course

90%

of students were in work or further study six months after completing this course.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
 
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
 
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Accelerated Entry 

Direct entry into year 2 and 3 is possible.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC including Biology or Human Biology or 102 UCAS Tariff points
  • A levels: CCD including Biology or Human Biology or 88 UCAS Tariff points
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Biology 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points including Biology and Human Biology
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Science BBB or Access to Medicine BBB

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: BBC including Biology or 136 UCAS Tariff points
  • A levels: BBB including Biology and Chemistry or 112 UCAS Tariff points
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma:30 points including Biology
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Applied Science or Bioscience or Animal Care

Year 3

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Biotechnology or Biomedical Science or Environmental Science or Animal Care or Applied Science

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Scotland’s bio-industry is expanding rapidly and the sector needs highly skills graduates to fill skills gaps and skills shortages. The UK is recognised as a global leader in life sciences and is one of the leading destinations for life sciences research and development alongside Boston, San Francisco, San Diego and Singapore. 

The BSc Applied Bioscience & Zoology will equip you with the practical and transferable skills for a rewarding career in the life sciences sector in Scotland or abroad.  

Our highly qualified and experienced team, supported by industry guest speakers will deepen your understanding of bioscience and help you to understand the range of career options and professional accreditations that will be available to you upon completion. 

Year 1

In year 1 you will complete modules that include an introduction to biological sciences (cell, molecular and organismal biology) and two additional science subjects from chemistry, forensic science, mathematics or physics.  

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 26% 
  • Independent study: 74% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written Exams: 8% 
  • Practical: 12% 
  • Coursework: 80%

Year 2

In year 2 you will begin to specialise with modules including: 

  • Biosphere & Man 
  • Microbiology 
  • Genetics 
  • Vertebrate Physiology 
  • Human Biology 

 

You will also complete a module that will equip you with practical skills in data collection, analysis and presentation. 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 28% 
  • Independent study: 72% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written exams: 45% 
  • Practical: 13% 
  • Coursework: 42%

Year 3

In year 3 you will deepen your knowledge of bioscience with core modules in entomology, parasitology, animal diversity, conservation and animal behaviour. In year three you can also choose to take part in a work-related learning module in a relevant area of interest.  

You will also complete a one-week residential marine biology fieldtrip. 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 24% 
  • Independent study: 69% 
  • Placement: 7% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written exams: 347 
  • Practical: 8% 
  • Coursework: 45%

Year 4

In year 4 you will complete a research dissertation of your choice alongside your continued study of specialist modules. 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 37% 
  • Independent study: 63% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written exams: 48% 
  • Practical: 8% 
  • Coursework: 44%

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops. 

You will also have the opportunity to take part in group work and independent learning to develop your transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team. 

This degree is assessed using a variety of assessment methods including: 

  • Written examinations 
  • Coursework 
  • Practical assessment

Learn a language (Optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. View the language modules on offer.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career prospects

Jobs

With the BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience & Zoology you will gain a mix of specialist and generic transferable skills essential for your career, leading to a career in  

In addition this course is recognised for entry onto teacher training for biology and science courses.

Further Study

Some graduates choose further study including MSc Advanced Biomedical Science or MSc Biotechnology. Options to study biosciences at PhD level are also available.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Island & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£13,800 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.
 
In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
 
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses


The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
 
You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40

GO TO UCAS


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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