BSc Geology and Biology (FC61)

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UCAS code FC61
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 82 overall for Geology and Geoscience courses

About BSc Geology and Biology

If you wish to specialise in palaeobiology, this course will be of particular interest to you. It covers much of the same material in the first three years of our MSci Palaeontology and Evolution course.

You will study the evolution of life through the combined study of geology and biology. One third of the first year is spent studying geology and two thirds are dedicated to biology.

After the first year, you will take core units which are particularly relevant to your area of study in both disciplines, but you will have a much greater choice of units. There is a wide range of biological and palaeontological units on offer, from how the biosphere evolved to insect biology.

More about Geology

Find out more about studying Geology and Biological Sciences at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Geology 1
  • Diversity of Life
  • Life Processes

Second year

  • Sedimentology
  • Introduction to Field Mapping
  • Geobiology
  • Quantitative Methods in Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Mesozoic stratigraphy and palaeontology fieldwork 
  • Choice from:
    • Cell and Developmental Biology
    • Ecology
    • Neurobiology: from nerve cells to behaviour
    • Acquisition of Behaviour
    • Behavioural Ecology
    • Parasite Biology
    • Insect Biology
    • Conservation Biology
    • Marine Ecology and Physiology
    • Structural Geology
    • Soils and the Critical Zone
    • Atmospheric Processes
    • Imaging and Mapping the Earth
    • Conservation Biology
    • Green Planet

Third year

  • Palaeobiology Analytical Project
  • Evolution of the Biosphere
  • Fieldcourse or Laboratory Workshop 
  • The Cambrian Explosion: the origin of animal body plans
  • Choice from:
    • Mammalian Ecology and Sociobiology
    • Neuroethology: neural mechanisms underlying behaviour
    • Sensory Ecology
    • Behaviour and Ecology of Social Insects
    • Optimisation, Behaviour and Life Histories
    • Evolutionary Ecology
    • Oceanography
    • Petroleum Sedimentology
    • Geomicrobiology.
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Typical offer for BSc Geology and Biology - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
AAA including two science subjects (one of which must be Biology)*; or AAB including three hard sciences (one of which must be Biology)*
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including two science subjects (one of which must be Biology)*; or ABB including three hard sciences (one of which must be Biology)*
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level including two science subjects (one of which must be Biology)*; or 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level including three hard sciences (one of which must be Biology)
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level including two science subjects (one of which must be Biology)*; or 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level including three hard sciences (one of which must be Biology)
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit, including 12 credits at Distinction in Biology plus one of: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics.
BTEC offer DDD in Science or Engineering, plus A-level grade B in Biology
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Biology plus another science/mathematics subject
Welsh Baccalaureate offer"Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall with 8.5 in Biology and another science subject
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

*Science subjects should include one or more from the following group: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics. Other science subjects include Environmental Science, Geography, Geology and Psychology. Hard science subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

Subjects required at GCSE or equivalentGrade B or above in English Language or Literature and Mathematics. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
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How we assess your application

Admissions statements and policies for 2018 entry will be published in summer 2017. Statements and policies for 2017 entry are available for information:

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed, but please seek advice about maintaining relevant skills

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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