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Marine Biology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)

Cod UCASC16F
CymhwysterBSc (Hons)
Hyd4 blwyddyn
Modd AstudioLlawn amser
Cynnig nodweddiadol48 pwyntiau Tariff UCAS

Rhagarweiniad i’r Cwrs

We are increasingly aware of the value of marine organisms for food, medicine and other products as well as for their role in influencing the climate. Marine Biology is the study of organisms that occupy 95% of the biosphere of our planet, living in conditions ranging from the polar seas (below -2℃) to hydrothermal vents (greater than 100℃). The majority of phyla are found in the oceans; the sizes of organisms range from the smallest micro-organism on the planet to the largest invertebrates (giant squid) and mammals (blue whales).

The BSc Marine Biology with Foundation Year programme combines a foundation year with the three year Honours Degree to create an integrated four year programme. The programme provides an excellent introduction to studying a science subject at university and will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to study at degree-level. The with Foundation Year programme is ideal for applicants who do not quite meet the entry requirements for the three year degree or who would benefit from further a further year’s study in relation to studying a science subject.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year will see you progress to Year 1 of the Marine Biology programme.

As a Bangor University student, you will be taught by committed and enthusiastic staff and will have access to the University’s extensive student support network and facilities.

Pam dewis Prifysgol Bangor ar gyfer y cwrs?

  • Our School is one of the largest university centres teaching Marine Sciences in Britain and is among the biggest in Europe.
  • We are situated within a few metres of the sea, ideal for developing your skills in collecting data in estuaries, on the sea shore and at sea.
  • We have a £3.5m ocean-going research ship which you will use during your studies.

Cynnwys y Cwrs

Throughout your degree you will study a range of modules and engage in a wide variety of different learning activities, which may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practicals. In addition, you will develop your knowledge and skills through undertaking a wide variety of assessments.

Many modules include day field trips. In year 2 there is a day trip and a field course based on the research vessel and in year 3 hypothesis testing exercises are undertaken during the intertidal field project. You also have the option of an overseas field course in Virginia, USA. Your practical work is continually assessed and examination of each module is by multiple choice questions (MCQ), laboratory tests and written examinations.

You will not only enjoy the resources expected of a modern centre of marine biology, with freshwater and marine aquaria, but will also benefit from the proximity of an exceptional range of marine habitats where field work, which is an integral part of the degree is conducted. We are unusual among British universities in having access to a state of the art research vessel.

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

Beth fyddech yn ei astudio ar y cwrs yma?

This very popular course allows you to study the fundamental aspects of the biology of marine life as well as more specialised aspects such as aquaculture, fisheries and marine biotechnology.

The Foundation Year component of the programme is designed to prepare you for degree-level study.  You will study a range of modules focused on your developing your academic skills and subject-specific knowledge, ahead of progressing to Year 1 of the programme.  You will complete modules focusing on IT and Communication Skills, Essential Mathematics and develop a range of skills through a subject specific research project. In addition, you will complete modules on Essential Biology and Essential Chemistry. 

Year 1 and 2 of the programme aim to consolidate and deepen your knowledge and widen skills base. The aim of the third year is to further develop your critical understanding of the subject and to further enhance your employability.

Rhoddir cynnwys y cwrs ar gyfer arweiniad yn unig a gall newid.

Gyrfaoedd a Chyflogadwyedd

The course is ideal preparation for careers in research, conservation, marine resource management, fisheries and aquaculture, government advisory bodies, the scientific media, ecotourism and other leisure industries and pressure groups and many unrelated areas that require analytical skills.

Gofynion Mynediad

For 2021 Entry:

GCSE: grade C/4 in Maths required. Typical offer is based on a minimum 48 tariff points from Level 3 qualification(s)* e.g.

  • A Levels (including: AS-levels, General Studies)
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • BTEC Diplomas and Certificate are accepted and Cambridge Technical Diplomas / Certificates
  • Cambridge Technical Diplomas and Certificates
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
  • Scottish Highers
  • Irish Leaving Certificate is accepted

We also welcome applications from mature applicants. Mature students and/or those with other qualifications are considered on individual merit

*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.

For 2020 Entry:

GCSE: grade C/4 in Maths required. Typical offer is based on a minimum 48 tariff points from Level 3 qualification(s)* e.g.

  • A Levels (including: AS-levels, General Studies)
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • BTEC Diplomas and Certificate are accepted and Cambridge Technical Diplomas / Certificates
  • Cambridge Technical Diplomas and Certificates
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
  • Scottish Highers
  • Irish Leaving Certificate is accepted

We also welcome applications from mature applicants. Mature students and/or those with other qualifications are considered on individual merit

*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.

International Applicants

We are currently unable to accept applications from international students for this course.

General University entry requirements Home/EU applicants

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com

We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages.

More information

Home/EU UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk, or write to: Admissions Office, Bangor University, Gwynedd, LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717

International applicants

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to: Admissions Office, Bangor University, Gwynedd, LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Costau’r Cwrs

Mandatory Costs:

Suitable clothing and equipment for fieldwork will be required e.g. suitable footwear, waterproofs, rucksack. The cost of these will vary. Approximate cost: £50-£100

Appropriate stationary for any note-taking during classes e.g. notepad, pens and pencils.  The cost of these will vary.  Approximate cost: £20-£30. (Laboratory notebook for assessment is provided as part of the programme).

Necessarily Incurred Costs:

Materials for the preparation of academic poster for assessment. The cost and number of these will vary. Approximate cost £10-£15.

Optional Costs:

Cost for optional residential Year 3 fieldcourse to VIMS, USA. Cost will vary depending on flight costs. Approximate cost £700. 

Notes:

The School of Ocean Sciences is based in Menai Bridge, c. 1.5 miles from Bangor and the halls of residence. Most classes are held on the Bangor site, but some laboratory practicals are held in Menai Bridge (typically 6-10 per semester). Travel to these are covered in Year 1, but not in subsequent years. Many walk or cycle between the venues, but some opt for public or private transport. Approximate cost if latter two options taken: £40/year.

Sut i Ymgeisio

How to apply through UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

When to Apply

We advise you to apply as early as you can as we will start considering applications and making offers straight away. The initial UCAS deadline for UK and EU students is 15 January, however we welcome applications after this date. Those received between 15 January and 30 June will continue to be forwarded to universities by UCAS and will receive consideration where places are still available.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

We are currently unable to accept applications from international students for this course.

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through our International College. Successful completion of Year 0 of the equivalent International programme guarantees entry to Year 1 of the same Bangor University degree programme. Through this route, Year 0 is delivered at Bangor University International College (BUIC) located at the heart of our University Campus and run by our partner, Oxford International Education Group.

For more information, visit: www.bangor.ac.uk/buic/

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Mwy o Wybodaeth

Cysylltwch â ni

Admissions Administrator
School of Ocean Sciences
Tel: 01248 382851
E-mail: j.rush@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/oceansciences

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