The University of Southampton
Biological SciencesUndergraduate study

Flexible Study

Biological Science's programmes offer a grounding in the essentials plus a range of optional modules, so you can build a course that reflects your interests.

Your first year 

On most courses, you will take eight modules in your first year. Some of these modules are mandatory, helping you get a good grip on the essentials as you move from A levels to higher education. You can also select optional modules, including some from other disciplines such as Chemistry, Environmental Science or even a language. All modules are subject to availability and timetabling.

Many of our courses have modules in common during the first year. This means that if you change your mind about the subject you have chosen, you may be able to move to a different degree programme at the end of the year.

Follow your interests

In your second and final years, you can build your existing interests and start to explore new ones. Your personal tutor will be able to help you decide which direction to follow.

Considering a placement in industry?

We can help you find an industry placement for your third year. You don’t have to make a firm decision about this when you apply through UCAS – your options are open until after you have started your studies.

If you have A levels in non-science subjects

We know from experience that A level students who have succeeded mainly in arts or humanities can also excel in science. If you are in this position and would like to apply for one of our undergraduate courses, you will need minimum grades of AAB, including an A grade in either Biology or Chemistry. We will also ask you to come in for an interview before making an offer.

If you don’t meet these requirements, or you have been away from education for some time, we can offer you a four-year degree incorporating the University’s Science Foundation Year. This is a one-year programme which will enable you to qualify for entry into our range of BSc courses.

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Biology is a broad discipline and while we all start off studying similar modules in our first year, by the time you come to third year you have lot of freedom to choose the modules which you find most interesting. This is useful if you know what you want to work with in the future and the topics you want to focus on.

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