Bath Spa University Biology

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Bath Spa University Biology

This course covers all the core aspects of biology while still allowing you to develop expertise in specialist areas. Biology has a strong practical element and you will have plenty of opportunities to study plants and animals in the wild as well as in the laboratory. There is also a strong human biology thread in our degree programme. As well as scheduled practical sessions, day trips and residential field trips provide the opportunity to study topics in greater depth.


Year 1: Anatomy and physiology; biodiversity; biological chemistry and physics; disease and public health; nutrition; organisms and the environment; terrestrial and aquatic environments.

Year 2: Biological basis of behaviour; biological conservation; ecology; environmental management; exercise and fitness; human nutrition; impacts of pollution; physiology; professional and academic development.

Year 3: Personal research project; animal behaviour; biogeography; ecological assessment; environmental law; evolutionary psychology; field biology; marine biology; plant-people interactions; sport nutrition; wastes management.

Assessment Methods

Essays, practical reports, oral presentations, posters and leaflets. Some first and second year modules have an examination component, but all final year modules are coursework only.

Start Dates

  • September 2017

Biology with a year in professional practice (UCAS code: S117)

Subject to approval, you can opt to take a year in professional practice (‘sandwich year’) between your level 5 (year 2) and level 6 (year 3) studies.

This placement will enable you to put theory into practice, build professional networks and meet and work with potential employers. It will also help with work management and give you experience to bring back to your studies in your final year.

Your degree title will include the phrase “with a year in professional practice”, so it is clear to all employers that you have this experience as part of your degree.


Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Course leader: Ian Todd