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Biology and Ecology BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Enthusiastic and experienced lecturers committed to high-quality research-based teaching
  • A friendly, supportive learning environment with an open-door policy and support from a personal academic tutor
  • The course is structured to allow you to specialise in a particular area of Biology or to keep your interests wider. The built-in flexibility in the first year also allows you to change from one Biological Sciences course to another if your interests change as they develop during the first few months of study
  • A strong introduction to species identification, biological surveying and laboratory skills
  • Numerous fieldwork opportunities, including optional residential field course to Provence in the South of France
  • The ability to apply the analytical theoretical techniques and knowledge to real-life ecological/biological issues
  • Opportunities to study abroad for a semester, undertake a ‘placement’ year, participate in the University’s 'earn as you learn' scheme and gain work experience within the ecology and biology sectors.

For further information about studying Ecology at the University of Worcester, download a copy of our Applicant’s Handbook.

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Entry requirements

Indicative entry requirements: 112 UCAS Tariff points  

In addition Ecology asks that:

  • 96 must include A2 Biology and A2 in another Science (includes Environmental Science)
  • 104 must include A2 Biology and AS in another Science
  • 108 must include AS Biology and A2 in another Science
  • 112 must include AS Biology

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Lorraine Weaver
Head of Biological Sciences
01905 855598

Dr John Dutton
Course Leader, Ecology
01905 855237

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Cell Biology
Comparative Animal Physiology
Introduction to Environmental Sciences
Introduction to Ecology
Basis of Biological Surveying


Module options:


Year 2

Core modules:

Plant Biology
Molecular and Cellular Biology or Molecular Genetics and Conservation
Ecology – Individuals to Ecosystems


Module options:

Work Experience
Infectious Agents and Allergens
Animal Senses and Survival
Human Genetics
Medical Forensic Science
Applied Human Metabolism
Comparative Digestive Anatomy and Physiology
Population and Community Ecology
Research Practice and Professional Development
Field Techniques and Identification Skills
Geographical Information Systems
Ecology of Freshwaters
Animal Behaviour

Year 3

Core modules:

Independent Study
Restoration Ecology
Landscape Ecology


Module options:

Mammalian Reproduction
Work Experience
Animal Movement
Plant Development & Physiology
Forensic DNA Analysis
Biological Indicators for Crime Reporting
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Animal Welfare and Ethics
Residential Ecology Field Trip
Zoo-Based Conservation
Research Methods and Research Project
Residential Environmental Field Trip
Environmental Impact Assessment
Behavioural Ecology
Applied GIS and Remote Sensing



The Biology component of your degree prepares you for a number of career pathways including scientific researcher within government, industry or medical institutions, medical and laboratory sales, nature conservation, a range of public sector work and a teaching career.

As an Ecologist at the University of Worcester, you will be able to develop a wide range of intellectual, practical and social skills that are much in demand by employers. These include primary research and critical evaluation skills, communications skills, both written and oral, and a range of technical and IT skills such as the use of DNA technology, IT-based vegetation analysis, data analysis, and applied statistics. You also learn how to gather environmental or physiological data in the laboratory and/or the field using logging equipment, controlled environment cabinets and a range of physiological monitoring devices.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Biology and Ecology BSc (Hons) - C193

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

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