Course Comparison

Course BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Oceanography BSc (Hons) Ocean Science and Marine Conservation
Award Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons) Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons)
Duration 3 years 3 years
Course type Full-time Full-time
Placement (+ optional placement) (+ optional placement)
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Biological and Marine Sciences School of Biological and Marine Sciences
Entry requirements

A level applicants

128 points from a minimum of 2 A levels to include biology plus a second science (includes chemistry, environmental science, geography, geology, marine science, mathematics, physics or psychology). Biology and the second science subject must be at grade B or above. If no second science is offered, 136 points (including grade A Biology) are required. General Studies and key skills are excluded.

International Baccalaureate
30 overall to include 5 at higher level biology and 5 in a second relevant subject at higher level.

BTEC National Diploma
Applications from students studying 18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma in applied science, animal management, environmental sustainability or countryside management (marine and coastal ecology) are welcomed. Typical offer: DDD, depending on units studied. 

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 course
Pass an Access to HE Science course with 60 credits overall, to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at distinction and 15 credits at merit or higher. Must include a minimum 15 credits in biology units, plus 15 credits in other relevant subjects (includes mathematics, physics, chemistry, environmental science/studies, applied science, geography, geology, technology or psychology). An interview is usually required.

GCSE
All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) English and Mathematics at grade C / 4 or above. 

International qualifications
We welcome applicants offering a wide range of international qualifications. Applications are considered on an individual basis, depending on the subjects studied.

Other qualifications
Applicants with other qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for advice.

You can find additional information on our English language requirements page.

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

A typical offer for 128 points from minimum 2 A levels to include grade CC in relevant science, Geography, Environmental Science/Studies/Technology, Human Biology, Electronics, Psychology, Design Technology, ICT, Engineering, Music Technology, Sociology, Software Systems Development, Sports Science and 112 points is from a minimum of 2 A levels to include a grade Cc in a relevant science, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics/Core/Further, Physics, Statistics Applied Science, Computer Science, Quantitative methods, Geology and Marine Science. Excluding general studies.

BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DMM - DDM in a relevant science subject.

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.

Pass Access (Science), (including GCSE English and mathematics grade C or above or equivalent) with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction in science. If not science related Access please contact the admissions team at admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

International Baccalaureate: 26 - 28 points overall to include 5 points in Higher Level science.


English language requirements

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