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Life Sciences BSc

Course code

LF01

LF02 with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

Fees

2023/24

UK £9,250

International £21,470

Entry requirements

BBB (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

30 (IB)

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Overview

Choose your favourite science subjects and build your own degree.

We offer a wide range of science subjects, including biological, environmental, psychological and sport sciences. You’ll learn computational and statistical data analysis as well as quantitative research, giving you the skills to work with big data sets. You can even study languages and creative writing. You’ll graduate with a unique set of skills giving you a competitive edge in the workplace.

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Course content

In year one you’ll learn a foundation of life sciences including biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, biological psychology and environmental sciences. You’ll learn practical and analytical skills.

In year two, you’ll choose your specialist subjects and learn these alongside a module of bioinformatics. You can choose two streams to study from the allowed combinations. You’re also able to broaden your knowledge by selecting non-science subjects.

In your final year you’ll choose your preferred subject to study as your major and the other as your minor from the allowed combinations, with the option to choose a non-science module. You'll study all the modules from your major stream and choose half of the modules to study from your minor stream. Within your chosen major subject area, you'll develop a research project where you’ll learn to critically analyse, evaluate, interpret and communicate science in an interdisciplinary manner across the life sciences.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

You’ll graduate with a unique set of skills in communication, critical thinking, data analysis, experimental techniques, information technology, team working and time management - all of which are highly valued by employers.


A Life Sciences degree can lead to careers in:

  • the clinical and regulatory sector
  • sales and marketing in the healthcare sector
  • research and development for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as well as in universities
  • medical device industries
  • environmental regulation and monitoring, conservation and animal welfare
  • business, finance and information technology
  • science teaching
  • the Civil Service
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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB, including a grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science, Psychology, or Physics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in Applied Science or Biomedical Science.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM (all subjects accepted) with an A-level at grade B in either: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science, Psychology or Physics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with 2 A-levels at grade B, to include either: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science, Psychology or Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 5 in Higher Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL 4.
  • Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the  Access to HE Diploma in Science, Biomedical Science, Medicine, Health and Human Science, Life Sciences or Health Professions with 45 credits at Level 3. All Biology and Chemistry units must be Distinctions at level 3.
  • T levels : Merit overall in Health, Healthcare Science and Science

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above are also required, including English Language, Maths and one science subject.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

If you are unable to meet the direct entry criteria above, you are invited to apply for a foundation course in Life Sciences at Brunel Pathway College. When you successfully pass the foundation year, you can progress on to the Life Sciences BSc.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 58% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 77 (min R18, L17, S20, W17) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 entry

UK

£9,250 full-time

£1,385 placement year

International

£21,470 full-time

£1,385 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2023/24 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.  

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

Required equipment

How you'll learn on your course

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Assessment and feedback

You’ll be assessed using a range of methods, including coursework assignments, poster presentations, oral presentations and examinations.

 

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

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