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Supported Progression

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

There has never been a more exciting time to be a biologist. Biological issues are regular front-page news in the national press, as society strives to come to terms with advances in our understanding of health, genetics, the environment and the struggle to conserve our planet's biodiversity. As we enter the 21st century molecular genetics and biochemistry are at the fore-front of science and technology, offering us unique insights into the nature and origins of life.

The School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences aims for excellence in teaching and research across a wide range of bioscience; from the molecular biology of plants and human genetic disease to the population biology of whales. We were ranked the 5th best Biological Sciences Department in the UK in the 2010 Complete University Guide.

You can progress into either Biological Sciences or Biomedical Sciences through the scheme. There are many degree routes within these subjects so whether your interest is in Animal Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Human Biology or one of the many other areas of Biological or Biomedical Sciences there should be something of interest for you.

What Will The Project Involve?

Projects will change every year. Previous projects have aimed for students to find out whether Van Mildert college had been successful at bringing life back to their pond and also to suggest ways to increase insect diversity. The students spent two days sampling the water and analysing it in the labs, then the rest of the week writing up a lab report on their findings.

A-level subject requirements:

  • Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology at A-level, or equivalent, plus another science subject at A-level, or equivalent, is required
  • Psychology, Mathematics and Geography are considered sciences for the purposes of admissions
  • We do not accept two AS-levels in place of one A-level
  • We do not accept General Studies or Critical thinking as part of any offer.

Typical offer if you are successful on Supported Progression:

Degree Programme A-Levels Other qualifications

Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences with placement (4 years)

Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences with placement (4 years)


see here for an equivalency

plus successful completion of the Supported Progression qualification for Biological Sciences