BSc Geology and Biology (FC61)

2017 entry

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UCAS code FC61
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
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.
Further details about the course structure for Geology
Further details about the course structure for Biology

Typical offer for BSc Geology and Biology

(including international A-levels)
AAA including two science subjects (one of which must be Biology)*; or AAB including three hard sciences (one of which must be Biology)*
(including international A-levels)
(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)*
IB Diploma 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)
IB Diploma
(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-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass 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 DDD in Science or Engineering, plus A-level grade B in Biology
SQASH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Biology plus another science/mathematics subject
Welsh Bacc"Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB85% overall with 8.5 in Biology and another science subject
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:Grade 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*.
Academic qualifications*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.

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