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Overview

Get ready to pursue a career in the biological sciences with UWS’s BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience programme.

You’ll receive a general grounding in biological disciplines to underpin your knowledge and understanding before progressing to study more specialised and advanced bioscience topics.

Work-related learning combined with access to UWS’s state of the art laboratories will prepare you for a wide range of career options.

Modern analytical techniques, practice-based and research skills are key strengths of the programme – as is the option to undertake a work placement in Year 3.

Employers regularly comment that our graduates have the necessary skills to contribute effectively and productively in the workplace.

 

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

  • This programme equips you with the skills to pursue a career within biological sciences including molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology.
  • You’ll receive a general grounding in biological disciplines before progressing to study more specialised and advanced bioscience topics.
  • Work-related learning, combined with access to UWS’s state-of-the-art laboratories, will prepare you for a wide range of career options.
  • This programme is fully accredited by the Royal Society of Biology and successful graduates automatically fulfil the educational requirements of Associate Membership.

WATCH A ZOOM SESSION FROM THE PROGRAMME LEADER

Our Programme Leaders have recorded Zoom sessions to help you discover all there is to know about our courses. From professional accreditation to programme modules and career opportunities, our Programme Leaders will help answer all your questions. You can find them on our YouTube Channel or by clicking the link below. 

Applied Bioscience Programme Leader

STUDENT SATISFACTION

95% student satisfaction in bioscience-related subjects – National Student Survey 2019

Biotechnology | Scientists working in lab

Professional Recognition

This degree has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) following an independent and rigorous assessment.

Accredited degrees contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited degrees meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

This course meets, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership of the RSB and Chartered Biologist (CBiol) status.

Royal Society of Biology

The Royal Society of Biology is the leading professional body for the biological sciences in the United Kingdom. The Society represents over 18,000 biologists from all areas of the life sciences, as well as over 100 organisations which make up the diverse landscape of biology in the UK and overseas. The Royal Society of Biology offers members unique opportunities to engage with the life sciences and share their passion for biology.

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 (102 UCAS Tariff points) including Biology or Human Biology 
  • A levels: CDD (80 UCAS Tariff points) including Biology or Human Biology 
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Biology or Human Biology 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (3@HL) including HL Biology or Human Biology
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Science (BBB) or Access to Medicine (BBB) or Access to Biological & Chemical Sciences (BBB) or Access to Health & Biological Science (BBB) or Access to Chemistry & Biology (BBB) or Access to Radiography (BBB) or Access to Dietetics (BBB) - all Access awards to include either Biology or Human Biology

Year 2

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

Year 3

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Applied Biological Science or Biotechnology or Biomedical Science or Environmental Science or Industrial Biotechnology

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
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, 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 or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

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

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

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).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

practical experience

Work-related learning is available on this programme, including an optional 12-week placement or one-year sandwich placement.

Students have undertaken placements with organisations such as Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow; Devro and Controlled Therapeutics (Scotland) Ltd.

Course details

Year 1

A general introduction to various biological disciplines, from cell and molecular aspects to ecological and environmental topics. You will be introduced to the role of a bioscientist and research specific careers and projects. Additionally, you will receive an introduction to the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle.

Year 2

Studies focus on more specialised areas of bioscience including cell biology, cell culture, pharmacology, biochemistry, microbiology and genetics.

Year 3

Options to concentrate your studies on include more advanced modules in biochemistry, human physiology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology (protein structure and function, and DNA technology), pharmacology or related specialist disciplines including parasitology.

Case study and work-related learning is possible and a valuable option is a 12-week (or shorter) work placement. The work placement takes into account your interests and is normally in a bioscience laboratory in a biotechnology, pharmaceutical or analytical company, or in a hospital laboratory. The placement enhances your employability and is preparation for your Year 4 project.

Year 4

You will develop and refine your previous studies and a supervised project allows you to conduct research in a subject area of your choice.

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 multiple languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. The cost of your language module is included in the tuition fees. Find out more

Teaching & 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

Course Structure

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

BSc Applied Bioscience Course Structure

Career prospects

“The programme allowed me to gain the essential experience needed to pursue postgraduate studies and has given me the confidence to walk into any lab and do the job.”

Xhordi Leshi, BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience graduate, now studying an MSc in Research Biomedical Sciences at Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre

Jobs

This programme will prepare you for a successful career in Applied Bioscience and develops graduate skills which equip students to enter a wide range of vocations, including:

  • Biotechnology
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Analytical laboratories
  • Sales

 

 

Further Study

MSc or PhD options are also available for graduates. This qualification is good preparation for embarking on Biology and Science teacher training programmes.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees

Undergraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

International (Non-EU)

£13,000 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Modular fee 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£305 per module (20 credit)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£1,550 per module (20 credit)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£1,550 per module (20 credit)

More on current & future tuition fees

2021/22 Undergraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time

Scottish

£1,820 Cost of study per year (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS)

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£9,250 Cost of study per year (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

Republic of Ireland

£9,250 Cost of study per year (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

International (including EU)

£13,325 Cost per year of study

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2021/22 Tuition Fees for 20-credit Modules (face-to-face)

Scottish

£305 Cost per 20-credit module of study

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£1,550 Cost per 20-credit module of study

Republic of Ireland

£1,550 Cost per 20-credit module of study

Check Your Tuition Fee Status

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 - Updated Jan 2021

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 and textbooks, 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.

Note: The library will hold some copies of the textbooks but not enough for every student. Students can purchase second hand copies when possible or use older versions if advised by the module cordinator. Students can also sell their copies after the course. This helps manage the cost.

Year 1

There are no expected additional study-related costs anticipated in your first year of study on this degree.


Year 2

Course materials (Mandatory)
You will be required to purchase a Howie laboratory coat which is estimated at c.£25.

Year 3

Course materials (Mandatory for direct entrants holding HND qualifications)
You will be required to purchase a Howie laboratory coat which is estimated at c.£25.

Placement costs (Optional)
Travel costs for optional placement element are variable. Placements themselves will vary from 12 days to approximately 40 days duration and you may secure a placement anywhere in Scotland. It's likely that you'll be travelling at peak times which can cost more.

Graduation fees (Optional for those exiting with BSc award)
These fees are set annually by the University and are subject to review. For session 19/20 these were set at £10 Registration Fee.

Year 4

Graduation fees (Mandatory)
These fees are set annually by the University and are subject to review. For session 19/20 these were set at £10 Registration Fee. Academic dress and official photography (Optional) for graduation ceremonies is hired and arranged respectively from an external suppliers.

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

Full-time (domestic & EU/EEA)

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

The on-time application deadline for 2021/22 entry is 29 January 2021, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2021, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.

Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.

Apply on UCAS

Full-time (non-EU/non-EEA), Part-time & Online (all students), Erasmus & International Exchange

Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.

For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.

 

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

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