The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Biology with a Sandwich Year BSc (Hons)
This is a single honours programme within the Biology subject area.
- Subject area: Biology
- Award: BSc (Hons)
- Code: C105
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Single
- Mode of study:
- Duration: 4 years
- Start: 2012
- Year in industry: Yes
- Year abroad: No
- Institution(s): University of Kent
Biology influences our everyday lives, and is at the forefront of social change, for example, in human cloning, stem-cell research, genetically-modified organisms, the human genome project, humanity's effect on the environment, and the potential risks of some foods. It investigates, describes and analyses the structures and functions of living organisms and their interactions with the environment.
Biosciences has been rated one of the top schools in the country by its students. Our innovative approach to teaching has been recognised by the award of a National Teaching Fellowship to one of our staff for the development of our final-year science communications projects. The facilities within the School of Biosciences are excellent and include a recent £1 million refurbishment of the teaching laboratories. Biology offers both a Sandwich Year option and the opportunity to study abroad for a year. There is also the possibility of gaining extra experience by working in one of our own research labs. If you achieve AAB or greater at A level, you are guaranteed a paid Research Studentship in the summer vacation after your second year, as long as you continue to achieve good grades in your studies at Kent.
You take the following eight core modules (120 credits).Core modules
- Chemistry for Biologists A
- Enzymes and Introduction to Metabolism
- Genetics and Evolution
- Human Physiology and Disease
- Introduction to Biochemistry
- Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Skills for Bioscientists
You take the following eight core modules (120 credits).
- Animal Form and Function
- Cell Biology
- Gene Expression and its Control
- Infection and Immunity
- Microbial Physiology and Genetics
- Plant Physiology and Genetics
- Skills for Bioscientists 2
You take three core modules (45 credits), a research project (30 credits) and three optional modules (45 credits).Core modules
- The Cell Cycle
- Microbial Physiology and Genetics 2
- Research Project (double module)
- Skills for Biologists
- Advanced Immunology
- Biological Anthropology: Comparative Perspectives
- Biological Anthropology: the Human Animal
- Biological Membranes
- Cell Communication
- Classification of Living Organisms
- Integrated Endocrinology and Metabolism
- New Enterprise Start-up
- Pathogens and Pathogenicity.
Year in industry
Biology offers the possibility of doing a one-year placement away from the University between Stages 2 and 3. Sandwich placements provide an excellent opportunity to gain relevant work experience in industry or research institutes either in the UK or abroad. The year in Europe is an opportunity to study at a university abroad. We offer support and advice during the application process, and keep in touch with you during your year away from the University.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching includes lectures, laboratory classes, workshops, problem-solving sessions and tutorials.
Modules are usually assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and end-of-year exams. Exams take place at the end of the academic year and count for 50% or more of the module mark.
The Sandwich Year is assessed by presentations and written reports, and contributes 10% to the overall mark.
Our students are in high demand after graduation. Our emphasis on laboratory skills and the teaching of biology at a molecular level allows students to successfully compete for graduate training positions and research-based employment. Also, the analytical and problem solving skills we teach can be used in a wide range of exciting careers outside of science. Recently, our graduates have gone into government agencies, consultancies, non-government organisations, teaching, scientific publishing, marketing, information technology, research or further vocational training.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
BBB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points inc 5 in HL Biology or 6 in SL Biology and 4 in Mathematics or IB Diploma with 15 points at Higher inc 5 in HL Biology or 6 in SL Biology and 4 in Mathematics.
- A level Biology or Human Biology preferred
- GCSE Mathematics grade C
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Key Information Sets
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