BSc Biological Science (with Education)

Join our internationally renowned School of Biological Sciences based at the heart of the Norwich Research Park, where 80% of our research output and 100% of our research environment and research impact was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

We have world class academics and some of the best facilities in the country. You will receive a high level of education drawn from the latest research, theories, practice and techniques as well as benefit from cutting-edge facilities and laboratories.

If you choose to study our BSc Biology (with Education) programme, not only will you graduate with a full honours degree in its own right, you will also develop the core skills and experience needed to support your progression into education through additional seminars, workshops and placements delivered by our School of Education and Lifelong Learning – one of the top teacher training institutions in England.


Our flagship BSc Biological Sciences (with Education) course allows you to study a wide range of science subjects in the first three years, qualifying you to graduate with a full honours degree, plus the additional teaching experience you will receive on this integrated syllabus will put you in a great position to progress onto the UEA PGCE (Initial Teacher Training) course when you graduate, without any obligation to continue your studies.

Become a Biology Sciences Graduate

The first year modules cover all the major areas of biology, alongside giving you a grounding in mathematics, statistics, computing, physics and chemistry. You will find the latter units especially valuable if you do not have A-levels in these subjects.

The flexibility of this programme encourages you to explore and pursue your own specialist interests within Biological Sciences as the course progresses. You will have the opportunity to select from a wide range of advanced optional modules that cover a diverse range of scientific subjects, ranging from Behavioural Ecology to Evolutionary Biology. You will also have the chance to apply your developing scientific interests through independent research, as you complete a substantial research project in your third year.

The majority of learning will take place in lectures, seminars, practical laboratory classes and fieldwork. This blended approach to education will provide you with invaluable contact time with lecturers, while learning through first-hand experience.

Enhance your potential – train to become a Teacher 

As part of this integrated programme you will undertake two compulsory teaching practice modules, which will include a guaranteed school placement at the end of your first year. You will also receive additional teaching experience through fortnightly classroom observation placements, alongside seminars and workshops delivered by our School of Education and Lifelong Learning.

The exposure to education and increased understanding you receive on this programme will put you in a great position to progress onto the postgraduate UEA PGCE (Initial Teacher Training) course following your BSc degree. 

Progression is dependent on academic achievement, and it is the grades you achieve during your studies with us that determine whether you are eligible to transfer between courses, not your A-level grades. 

You could graduate after an additional (fourth) year of study as a highly-employable biology graduate and a PGCE postgraduate ready for a rewarding and flexible career.

Course Modules 2017/8


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB to include Biology. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points including HL Biology at 5 and one other HL subject at 5. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Highers Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC to include Biology. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 2 subjects at H1, 4 at H2, including Higher Level Biology.
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Biology. Science Pathway Required.
  • BTEC DDM in a relevant subject area. Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Science) are preferred. BTEC Public Services is not accepted. BTEC and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall, including at least 70% in Biology.

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B.  

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.  

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:


The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Biological Sciences)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details online via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

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