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Biological Sciences with Intercalated Year (BSc) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry

Providing a firm grounding in the entire scale of biological systems, this flexible course covers topics from molecules to ecosystems. You’ll be able to tailor modules to your career ambitions and interests by specialising in areas including genetics, microbiology, ecology, virology, physiology and infection. It forms the ideal platform for a career in many areas related to biology, such as research or science publishing.

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You will learn in a supportive environment, maintaining regular contact with a personal academic tutor. The course will enrich your understanding of the health and wellbeing of humans and animals, the biology of molecules and cellular systems, and the biological challenges facing us in a changing world. You will develop the research and analysis, presentation, communication, problem-solving and writing skills that are essential in all employment sectors.

Following an in-depth foundation in biology, biochemistry and genetics in your first year, the course allows you to focus on specialist fields with more project-oriented lab work covering areas such as cell biology, genetics and ecology in your second year. You can also attend an optional field course subsidised by the School (a financial contribution is required), with recent destinations including Pembrokeshire (Wales) and the CEBIMar, São Sebastiãn (Brazil).
You will spend your third year on a work placement, either in the UK or abroad, or on a study abroad programme.

In your fourth year you’ll study a core module in Dynamics of Biological Systems and complete a challenging full-time research project on an area of particular academic interest. This may be lab-based or involve data analysis and will give you invaluable experience of applying your subject knowledge to real-life workplace challenges.

You will have weekly (first year) and fortnightly (second and third years) taught tutorials, which are in small groups to ensure that you are able to develop, and receive regular feedback on assessment. Purpose-built teaching facilities are fully integrated with research laboratories, meaning you will be learning alongside teaching and research staff who are at the cutting edge of their fields. You will spend one or two days a week undertaking lab work. This becomes more project-oriented in your second year, culminating in a six-week individual research project in your third year.

You will be assessed through tutorials, laboratory practicals, oral presentations, written assignments and exam-based questions. Approximately 35% of your marks will be assessed by coursework throughout your degree.

As an alternative to a work placement we support student mobility with the opportunity to apply for a year abroad at one of our partner universities all over the world. The Study Abroad Team based in the International Student Office supports these activities, and the School’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator will provide more specific information and assistance.

You can take a year in industry after your second year to gain industrial experience. Work placements cover a wide range of work experience types and destinations, both laboratory and non-laboratory. You will have both an academic and placement site supervisor. Your placement will allow you to improve personal and transferable skills, make new contacts and will enhance your employability. Whilst we do not guarantee you a placement, you will be given extensive support to secure one. Recent placements have included GSK, The Binding Site, Micropathology and The Body Shop. Many of our BSc students also choose to undertake work placements during vacations. We actively promote these placements and will support you with applications and interview skills.

A level: AAB, including Biology or ABB including Biology and a second science (such as Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science, Statistics, Geology).
You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.

  • IB: 36 points, to include 5 in Higher Level Biology or 34 points including 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths.

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1

  • Molecules
  • Cells & Organisms
  • Animal & Plant Biology
  • Agents of Infectious Disease
  • Physiology & Metabolism
  • Environmental Biology
  • Quantitative Skills for Biology
  • Tutorials and Laboratories

Year 2

  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Multicellular Systems
  • Genetics & Evolution
  • Ecology & Environment
  • Tutorials and Laboratories

Year 3

  • Placement Year or Study Abroad Year

Year 4

  • Dynamics of Biological Systems
  • Tutorials and Research Project

Your placement year will provide the valuable work experience and transferable skills, essential in today’s competitive jobs market. It will help you shape your career destination.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: NHS, AstraZeneca, KPMG, Taylor and Francis Scientific Publishing, Diabetes UK.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Seed Pathology Technician, Research & Development Scientist, Management Development Associate, Medical Public, Relations Consultant. Others have pursued PG study.


"A year out in industry opened up further career options."

"I was attracted by the good reviews Warwick received from previous students. Warwick also offered the opportunity to do a year in industry, which I wanted to complete in order to open up options for my future career. There was also a wide range of modules available so I could focus on the subject areas I most enjoyed.

The extensive lab work we completed was very thorough and this has helped me in my current role as a PhD student. The organisation skills I gained from my extra-curricular activities are also very invaluable. "

Katie Anders - PhD Student

Studied 'Biological Sciences (MBio) - Graduated 2015

A level AAB, including Biology or ABB including Biology and a second science (such as Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Applied Science, Environmental Science, Statistics, Geology).
You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.

IB 36 points, to include 5 in Higher Level Biology or 34 points including 5 in Higher Level Biology and 5 in Higher Level Chemistry/Physics/Maths.


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

4 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

All students in Life Sciences are strongly encouraged to buy a computer, at an approximately cost of £600. Students are expected to have suitable clothing for field trips, including waterproof footwear. Recommended text books are estimated to cost a total of £250. There is a mandatory trip to Wales in year 2, at a cost of £175. Non-compulstory field trips cost approximately £50.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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