Biological Sciences BSc Honours
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Typical offer for September 2017
|A Levels||BBC to include two science subjects, one from Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and one from Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Geography and Economics|
|International Baccalaureate||26 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma/National Diploma||DMM/D*D* in Applied Science|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction with at least a Merit in all Biology or Chemistry modules.|
GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.
A BSc (Hons) degree in Biological Sciences from Westminster will provide you with a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills so that you are prepared to meet the needs of employers. Graduates from Biological Sciences go on to careers ranging from research, medicine, science and education, to law and management.
Biological Sciences at Westminster enables you to focus on molecular science, human biology or applied biosciences, or take a route designed speciﬁcally toward your own interests. We offer you the chance to explore cutting-edge topics in molecular biology and genetics, microbiology, the urban environment, global challenges, pharmacology, and biological applications. With a passion for scientiﬁc enquiry, our modules are research driven. You will have the chance to select a laboratory based ﬁnal-year project, giving you experience in the latest methods and developments in medical and scientiﬁc research.
The ﬂexibility offered within the Biological Sciences degree will enable you to select from a wide range of bioscience modules, throughout the programme the assessments are designed to equip you with a range of transferable skills important for any graduate career. The University career service and course related events provide opportunities to discover a range of bioscience related careers to support you in preparing for your future.
The Biological Science BSc is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology and graduates from this accredited programmes benefit from associate membership of the Royal Society of Biology which opens up networks at a crucial time when applying for jobs.
The Biological Sciences BSc has been designed to provide a thorough knowledge of biosciences and to equip you with vital transferable skills that will help you to succeed in scientific and non-science careers.
The course is diverse and flexible, giving you the freedom to select modules and target your education towards your chosen career pathway. Alongside an excellent foundation in the biological knowledge through core modules, you will be able to explore the global challenges facing humanity and the planet – and the biological solutions to help overcome those challenges – through an extensive range of option subjects.
The course is designed so that you can follow one of three routes: molecular science, environmental and microbiology or human biology. However, the flexibility of the program enables you to construct your own thread through the broad range of module choices.
Learning and teaching opportunities are a mixture of face-to-face teaching (lectures, seminars, tutorials, field-trips and practicals), independent work, group work, laboratory classes, virtual simulations and online support activities.
The range of assessment methods includes laboratory practical skills, data analysis, practical proformas, essays, wikis, blogs, posters, presentations and exams.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Study subjects include:
- Applications of Biological Sciences
- Biological Chemistry
- Cell Biology
- Fundamentals of Pharmacology
- Human Physiology
- Science: History, Philosophy and Practice
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Study subjects include:
- Contemporary Global Issues
- Exploring the Microbial World
- Human Parasitology
- Infection and Immunity
- Metabolic Biochemistry
- Medical Genetics in Practice
- Medical Physiology
- Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics
- Molecular Biology and Genetics
- Physiological Networks
- Research Methods
- Systems Pharmacology
- Urban Living and the Environment
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Study subjects include:
- Advanced Cell Biology
- Advanced Molecular Biology
- Advanced Pharmacology & Toxicology
- Applied Biotechnology
- Applied Medical Science
- Cancer Biology
- Clinical Immunology and Immunohaematology
- Designing a Sustainable World
- Global Ethics
- Medical Microbiology in the Genomics Era
- Proteins and Enzymes
- Topics in Neuroscience
- Undergraduate Research Project
- Work Experience and Career Management Skills
The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over four years.
As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.
This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).
Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
International Foundation course
We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who do not meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Study in the city
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.
Personal advice and counselling
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.