Course Comparison

Course BSc (Hons) Biology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) Psychology with Human Biology
Award Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons) Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons)
Duration 4 years 3 years
Course type Full-time Full-time
Placement (+ optional placement) (+ optional placement)
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences School of Psychology
Entry requirements

Candidates with formal qualifications awarded in the last three years:

For candidates with science-based Access to Higher Education diplomas: a pass in the diploma overall, with passes in the science based units therein.

For candidates with A levels: 56 points from 2 A-levels include at least one pass in a science subject.

For candidates with Baccalaureate qualifications, Scottish and Irish Highers: passes in a science subject. 

For candidates with other post-GCSE qualifications such as NVQ, Level 3 is usually required. If you have GNVQ or AGNVQ, passes in science subjects are generally required.

We would usually expect GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C / 4, or equivalent.

For international applicants, we require an IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each element.


Candidates without formal qualifications awarded in the last three years:

We particularly welcome applications from candidates returning to study, who can offer work or other related experience in lieu of formal qualifications. Therefore candidates without formal science qualifications or with non-standard qualifications are assessed on an individual basis, usually via interview. We encourage any candidate who is unsure regarding the suitability of their qualifications or experience to contact Admissions in the first instance, who will then liaise with the Admissions Tutor and Programme Lead.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary

BBB at A level to include biology or human biology, excluding general studies.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall including biology - 5 in higher level.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDM to include biology units. 

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.
                                                                                                         
Access courses: pass an Access course with at least 33 credits at merit to include at least 12 level 3 credits in biology units with merit, including GCSE English and maths grade C / 4 or above or equivalent.

Candidates concerned about meeting this offer are encouraged to contact the Institution direct.

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.