Biology

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Biology (with Teacher Training)

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C100

What you'll study

Explore a broad range of topics in biology while gaining the skills and experience to inspire the next generation of biologists.

If you want to study Biology (with Teacher Training), you should register onto the BSc Biology course first. We'll then transfer you onto the teacher training pathway during your first year. The transfer will be subject to the usual requirements for admission to teacher training.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core module

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Introduction to Teaching

    This module provides an introduction to teaching and the teachers’ standards. You will look at the basic theories of learning and how these underpin teaching in the classroom and apply this knowledge during a placement within one of our partnership schools.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Skills for Biology

  • Diversity of Life

  • Cells and Organelles

    Explore the fascinating inner workings of cells, giving you a foundation in areas such as cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry. You'll cover topics such as cancer biology, how cells respond to hormones, and how proteins are regulated. You'll learn how to use equipment in research laboratories and design, carry out and write up your own experiment.

  • Ecology and Evolution

  • Principles of Genetics

    Explore core genetic concepts leading to an understanding of how genetics underlies the biological and molecular traits observed in organisms. You will cover the following topics: gene and chromosome structure, DNA replication, mechanisms of transcription and translation, genetic inheritance, genetic variation, and the principles behind techniques used to analyse the genome.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Educational Pedagogies for Schools

    This module explores the range of learning theories and strategies we employ within the classroom to support learning and progress. You will become more familiar with the teachers’ standards and how these can be evidenced through your own teaching.

  • Developing as a Teacher

    The module looks to develop your knowledge and understanding of teaching by looking at more research based practice within the classroom. You will develop your own teaching and skills related to reflection through the completion of an assessed placement in school.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Genetic Analysis

    Takes a problem-based approach to understanding modern molecular genetics and genomics of eukaryotes. You will become accustomed with modern methods of laboratory investigation and genetic data analysis and debate current discoveries.

  • Professional and Research Skills for Biologists

    Develop key experimental design and data analysis skills necessary for your degree. You’ll learn how to identify and evidence your skills and experience, to help you secure employment in the future.

  • Chemistry of Life

    The basis of all life is? Yes, a chemical - join this module to understand the building blocks of biomolecules, their reactivity and biological examples that help to understand organisms physiology, ecology, health and evolution.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Freshwater Biology

  • Animal Form and Function

    The module provides an integrated view of animal biology by showing how ecology shapes morphology, physiology and behaviour in different animals and across different environments, including marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

  • Evolutionary Biology

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Teaching Project

    Teaching is a popular career choice for Geography, Geology and Biology students. This module provides you with experience of classroom and school environments, providing real world teaching experience and allowing you to conduct a project with a school into an aspect of teaching and learning in your subject.

  • Consolidating My Teaching

    This module allows you to continue to consolidate your skills as a teacher. This is your final assessed placement, and requires you to undertake a sustained period of planning, teaching and assessment of learning in one of our partnership schools.

Compulsory module

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Independent Research Project

    You will have the unique opportunity to work on your own lab-based project alongside researchers. You'll have direct input into experimental design and will analyse your data before writing it up in a dissertation. For many students, this is the highlight of their degree as it's a chance to show off your skills in a real-world environment.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Field Studies

  • Human Genetics

    Examine human disease and the underlying genetic causes. You'll learn about cytogenetics and genetic counselling, as well as the inheritance of recessive and dominant diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis and Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy.​

  • Current Biology

  • Freshwater Fisheries and Conservation

    Develop an understanding of the status and importance of freshwater fisheries worldwide. You will learn how humans impact on freshwater fisheries, rehabilitation processes, conservation methods and legislative instruments all used to protect and develop fisheries.

  • Topics in Biodiversity and Evolution

  • Molecular and Medical Parasitology

    Explore a range of medically important parasites which have a major impact on the morbidity and mortality of populations around the globe. Gain an understanding of the biology of medically important parasites,  the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis and host-parasite interactions, and develop practical skills in parasitology.

  • Human Evolution and Genomics

  • Insect Biology

    Insects are among the most numerous, diverse and awesome creatures on the planet - an Aladdin's cave, bursting with weirdness, colour and intrigue. They are also among the most important animals - vital to ecosystems we depend on, but also wreaking terrible destruction. In a mix of lectures, workshops, practicals and fieldtrips, you will discover this amazing, crazy little world we’re lucky enough to study.

  • Wildlife Management

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More about this course

The wide scope of our biology course combines well with teacher training. After graduation, you’ll be responsible for introducing pupils to topics ranging from the human body to the natural world.

  • Learn to scuba dive and become a PADI-certified advanced open water diver (extra fee may be payable).
  • Exciting field work opportunities in the UK or in destinations like Brazil, Malaysia and Mallorca.
  • 95% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018).

At Hull, you’ll benefit from research-informed teaching and resources including our biomedical research facility, a 33,000-litre tropical aquaria, and environmental genomics laboratories.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Learn to scuba dive and become a PADI-certified advanced open water diver (extra fee may be payable).

Exciting field work opportunities in the UK or in destinations like Brazil, Malaysia or Mallorca.

Learn in superb facilities such as our botanical gardens and brand new environmental classroom. 

Study under world-leading experts on vital issues such as climate change and environmental DNA.

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Entry requirements

Students wishing to study Biology (with Teacher Training) must register on to BSc (Hons) Biology. Successful students will be transferred onto the teacher training pathway during year one of the degree. Transfer will be subject to the usual requirements for admission to teacher training, including: a successful period of experience in a school; successful interview; a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check; and GCSE maths and English at grade 4 or C or equivalent. Students who are interested in taking this option should apply for UCAS course C100, and will be guided on how to apply for the Teacher Training option during year 1 of the degree.

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications
  • Applicants should have A level Biology/Applied Science at Grade C or above (or merit from relevant BTEC). Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 in HL Biology
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) including 18 credits in Biology at merit or higher

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

Our Biology with Teacher Training degree develops the skills and knowledge required of specialist biology teachers at secondary level through a combination of taught modules and teaching experience within a school.

Students on programmes ‘with Teacher Training’ will have the knowledge and skills to gain immediate employment in schools on graduation and will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). They will be able to obtain QTS at the end of their first full time year of employment as a teacher.