BSc Zoology with a Modern Language

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Typical A-level offer
AAA-ABB (including specific subjects)
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
AAB-ABC (including specific subjects).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer
36-33 points overall with 6,6,6 to 6,5,5 at Higher Level including two sciences, normally Biology and Chemistry. For degrees with French, German, Spanish or Italian, 5 or 6 points in the language must be achieved at Higher Level. For degrees with Mandarin or Japanese, 5 points is required in a foreign language at Standard Level.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

650/4500 (Overall data for biological and biomedical sciences undergraduate courses at Manchester)

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Improve your employability by learning a language while you study zoology, including a year-long research placement overseas.
  • Study at a university that is 7th for the biological sciences and 5th for modern languages in the UK, according to the QS World University Rankings 2018.
  • Apply for membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Member (MRSB) level after just two years of practice instead of three thanks to our Advanced Accreditation status.

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

We also operate campus tours where a student ambassador will tell you all about life at the University. You may also meet with admissions staff, subject to staff availability. These tours run on most days and are open to anybody thinking of applying for any of our courses in the biological and biomedical sciences.

To book, please contact the Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 5032 or email ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £23,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Additional expenses

You can go on an optional field course in the UK or abroad. This is subsidised by the University but you still need to contribute to the cost of the field course if you choose to go. Costs vary depending on the destination. A deposit is required at the start of the academic year, with the balance to be paid later. You will receive more information when you start at Manchester.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

A small number of scholarships may be available to overseas applicants. Details will be made available during the academic year 2018-19 once it has been confirmed.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5032
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 5456
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/biology
School/Faculty overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

A-level

We require grades AAA-ABB. Your subjects should include two of the Hard Sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths. If any of your science A-levels include a separate practical component, you must also achieve a Pass in this component.

You must have a grade A in one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths. If your grades are AAB or higher, we will accept a grade A in Geography, Psychology, Environmental Studies or PE in place of one of the Hard Sciences.

Subjects with overlapping content are not normally considered as separate A-levels eg Further Maths is not considered alongside Maths and Human Biology is not considered alongside Biology.

General Studies is welcomed, but is not normally included as part of the offer. Your offer will be based on the above criteria as well as your predicted grades and past performance.

Language entry requirements

In addition to the above, each language has specific entry requirements.

  • French: an A-level in French (grade B) or equivalent is required.
  • German: an A-level in German (grade B) or equivalent is required.
  • Spanish: an A-level in Spanish (grade B) or equivalent is required.
  • Italian: an A-level in Italian (grade B) or equivalent is required.
  • Japanese: no prior knowledge of Japanese is assumed, but evidence of linguistic proficiency is required (eg GCSE A* in a foreign language). Chemistry AS-level (grade B) is essential. If you do not have AS-level Chemistry, we would require a full A-level in Chemistry (normally grade B).
  • Mandarin: no prior knowledge of Mandarin is assumed, but evidence of linguistic proficiency is required (eg GCSE A* in a foreign language). Chemistry AS-level (grade B) is essential. If you do not have AS-level Chemistry, we would require a full A-level in Chemistry (normally grade B).

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions.

GCSE

We require a minimum of grade C (or 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England) in English Language and Mathematics.

Applied GCSE Mathematics courses (eg WJEC Mathematics - Numeracy) cannot be accepted as an alternative to GCSE Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

36-33 points overall with 6,6,6 to 6,5,5 at Higher Level including two sciences, normally Biology and Chemistry. For degrees with French, German, Spanish or Italian, 5 or 6 points in the language must be achieved at Higher Level. For degrees with Mandarin or Japanese, 5 points is required in a foreign language at Standard Level.

Scottish requirements

We require grades AAB-BBB in three Scottish Advanced Highers including two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry.

For degrees with French, German, Spanish or Italian, we require a minimum of grade B in Scottish Advanced Highers in the language.

For degrees with Japanese or Mandarin, no prior knowledge of the language is assumed, but evidence of linguistic proficiency is required (eg equivalent to GCSE A* in a foreign language).

Students with Highers only may be considered for the Foundation Year.

Welsh Baccalaureate

We require AA-AB in two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry, at A-level and a pass in the practical assessments if applicable, plus a pass in the core component at grade B or above in Welsh Baccalaureate.

Due to the additional language requirements for this course, the only languages that may be available are Mandarin and Japanese. Please contact us for further information.

European Baccalaureate

We require an award at 75%-80% or above overall, with a minimum of 7.5-8 in three written subjects including two science subjects.

In addition, all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English Language. We accept a score of 7.0 or 70% at Year 7 in English Language in the EB or a separate English Language qualification such as IELTS 6.5 in each component.

For French, Spanish, Italian and German, students must achieve 7 in their chosen language. Applicants with an acceptable qualification in a foreign language can also be considered for Mandarin and Japanese. Please contact us for further information.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University welcomes applications from students studying the AQA Baccalaureate qualification. As the qualification is not available to all applicants it is not currently an essential requirement of the University but, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications.

Other international entry requirements

For country-specific entry requirements for this course, please visit our international entry requirements page. Alternatively, you can contact our undergraduate admissions office.

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester International Foundation Programme in partnership with The University of Manchester are required to achieve a minimum of AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject (excluding EAP) and an EAP score of B in every component.

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation Year are required to achieve a minimum of AAB or 75% overall with grades AA or 75% in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B or 65% in a 3rd subject (excluding EAP) and an EAP score of B or 65% in every component.

Due to the additional language requirements for this course, the only languages that may be available are Mandarin and Japanese. Please contact us for further information.

All applicants resident or studying in the UK are required to attend an interview.

Applicants studying other foundation programmes should contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

All level 3 BTEC qualifications at grade D or above, except the National Certificate, are accepted when taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required).

The reformed Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science at grades DDD is accepted when taken with one science A-level at grade A.

The reformed Pearson BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science at grades DD is accepted when taken with two A-levels including grade A in a science subject and a minimum grade of B in any other subject.

In addition to the above, due to the additional language requirement for this course, you will also need a minimum of grade B in the relevant language A-level. The only exceptions are Mandarin and Japanese for which we require grade A* in a GCSE foreign language and Chemistry A-level. For further details, please contact ug.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

The following qualifications are only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required):

  • Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate
  • Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma
  • Cambridge Technical Diploma
  • Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

The Cambridge Technical Certificate is not acceptable on its own or combined with A-levels.

Due to the additional language requirements for this course, the only languages that may be available are Mandarin and Japanese. Please contact us for further information.

Access to HE Diploma

Each application is considered individually. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their particular circumstances.

In general, we require 60 credits overall, with 45 at level 3. The level 3 units must be made up of 15 credits in Biology with a Distinction grade, 15 credits in Chemistry with a Distinction grade and a further 15 credits with Distinction.

We will also consider applications from applicants whose course has allowed only 12 credits at Level 3 in Biology, with the remaining three credits at Level 3 with Distinction in Chemistry, Physics or Maths.

We also have specific entry requirements for each language. Please contact us for further information.

Cambridge Pre-U

We require D3,D3,D3 to D3, M1, M1 in the Cambridge Pre-U, including two sciences. You must have a D3 in one of the science subjects.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. However, the qualification will not form part of your offer conditions.

For French, Spanish, Italian and German, you must achieve M1 in your chosen language. Applicants with an acceptable qualification in a foreign language can also be considered for Mandarin and Japanese.

Please contact us for further information.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Non-standard educational routes

We accept a wide range of qualifications from around the world. Such applications are considered on an individual basis.

English language

We require either:
  • GCSE grade C (or 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England) in English Language
  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.5 in any component)
  • an equivalent qualification.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

We would normally only consider applicants who obtained the relevant qualification within the three years prior to entry.

Applicants who have left education for more than three years would normally only be considered for the foundation year or recommended to take an Access course.

Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their particular circumstances.

You should not usually apply for more than one of the biological and biomedical sciences courses offered by The University of Manchester. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

How your application is considered

Applications from outside the UK are considered on the basis of the UCAS form; some candidates may be interviewed.

Interview requirements

All applicants who live in the EU are normally interviewed in person at the University.

Applicants who live outside the EU may be interviewed either in person at the University, by Skype or by telephone.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation. Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only and 2 years at the maximum. Some English Language test results, such as IELTS or TOEFL, are only valid for two years from the test date.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

The University will consider applicants who have re-sat individual modules. If you have re-sat your final examinations we may consider your application in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us to discuss this before you apply.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course. If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

Our BSc Zoology with a Modern Language course will enable you to develop your language skills while learning about the behaviour, structure and evolution of animals.

Zoologists use a wide range of approaches to do this, from genetics to molecular and cellular biology, as well as physiological processes and anatomy, whole animals, populations, and their ecology.

As such, you will study fundamental concepts from a range of disciplines in your first year before going on to study more specialised zoology topics in your second and final years.

Field studies form an important part of our teaching and you will attend two field courses - one in the first year and one in the second year - including the possibility of visiting South Africa.

We offer French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin for the language component of the course, which includes a year abroad on a research placement.

Our course has Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology , which recognises academic excellence in the biosciences and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future.

Special features

Study in the field

Travel to locations in the UK or countries such as South Africa on a field course .

Connect with other languages students

Learn alongside other students taking a variety of language degrees at the University, giving you the opportunity to practice your skills with your fellow students and make new friends.

Foundation year available

You can prepare for the full degree course if you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry by undertaking our foundation course first.

Flexibility to transfer between courses

You can transfer away from this course to most of our biological sciences degree courses at the end of your first year or, in some cases, later. You can only transfer onto it if you have completed the required language units in Year 1.

Teaching and learning

The course consists of two-thirds of biological sciences learning and one-third modern language learning. You will learn your modern language alongside other students taking a variety of language degrees at the University.

You will benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning methods that suit the content and aims of each course unit.

These range from lectures and tutorials to practicals and research projects, including the final year project .

Find out more about how you will learn and see a typical Year 1 timetable on our teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment methods vary widely to suit the nature of the course unit and each level of study. 

  • Lecture units are usually assessed by written exam (multiple choice or essay-based), which are held at the end of an academic semester in either January or May/June.
  • Field courses are usually assessed via oral and written presentations, group work and/or projects.
  • Practical units are usually assessed by experimental report and/or short written assignment and/or written exam.
  • The proportion of independent study assignments increases during each year of study.

Year 1

Lecture units are usually assessed by e-learning activities during the unit and multiple choice exams at the end of the semester. 

If you wish to continue on the modern language or industrial/professional experience course, you must normally obtain a mean mark of at least 60% in Year 1.

Year 1 contributes 10% to your overall degree mark.

Year 2

Lecture units are usually assessed by essay-based exam.

Year 2 contributes 30% to your overall degree mark.

Placement year

You will complete a scientific report and undergo an oral examination on your research that contributes 10% to your overall degree mark.

You will be marked out of 110% for your whole degree.

Year 4

Lecture units are usually assessed by essay-based exam.

You will also take two 'honours' papers and examinations comprising essays and data-handling problems.

A significant part of the year (accounting for one-quarter of the overall degree mark) is the project, which is assessed by literature review and a written report.

Year 4 contributes 60% to your overall degree mark.

Course unit details

This course is modular. You will study compulsory course units and choose some optional units.

Most science units are assigned 10 credits and you will take 120 credits each year.

For most languages, you will need to acquire 20 credits per year, but this can be higher for certain other languages, such as Japanese, which requires 40 credits.

Course content for year 1

You will gain a broad introduction to biological sciences, covering key concepts such as:

  • genetics
  • biodiversity
  • molecular biology.

You will study on a field course in either Scotland for marine biology or South Africa for animal behaviour.

Year 1 also provides an introduction to the essential data handling and laboratory skills required for all biological scientists.

You will spend approximately one-third of your time studying course units related to your chosen language.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Academic Tutorials Year 1 BIOL10000 10 Mandatory
Molecular Biology BIOL10221 10 Mandatory
From Molecules to Cells BIOL10232 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Laboratory Science BIOL10401 10 Mandatory
Biodiversity BIOL10511 10 Mandatory
Genes, Evolution and Development BIOL10521 10 Mandatory
Writing and Referencing Skills (online unit) BIOL10741 0 Mandatory
Biochemistry BIOL10212 10 Optional
A History of Biology in 20 Objects BIOL10381 10 Optional
Microbes, Man and the Environment BIOL10532 10 Optional
Field Course in Marine Biology I BIOL10602 10 Optional
Field Course in Mediterranean Biodiversity and Conservation BIOL10622 10 Optional
Field Course in Animal Behaviour and Diversity BIOL10642 10 Optional
British Conservation Ecology & Behaviour BIOL10662 10 Optional
Body Systems BIOL10811 10 Optional
Drugs: From Molecules to Man BIOL10822 10 Optional
Excitable Cells: the Foundations of Neuroscience BIOL10832 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Chemistry CHEM10111 10 Optional
Introduction to Ecology EART10602 10 Optional
Science & the Modern World HSTM10221 10 Optional
Science and the Modern World (20 Credits) HSTM10721 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 21 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

You will continue your studies in greater depth and begin to specialise. You will also undertake a dissertation.

In the Research Skills unit, you have the opportunity to carry out techniques that are widely used in current biological science research.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Academic Tutorials Year 2 BIOL20000 10 Mandatory
Organismal Biology EDM BIOL21051 10 Mandatory
Dissertation BIOL21090 10 Mandatory
Principles of Developmental Biology BIOL21172 10 Mandatory
Ecology & Ecosystems BIOL21211 10 Mandatory
Animal Diversity BIOL21221 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Evolutionary Biology BIOL21232 10 Mandatory
Animal Physiology BIOL21281 10 Mandatory
Animal Behaviour BIOL21432 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 3

Subject to satisfactory academic performance and placement availability, you will spend this year overseas on your modern language placement.

Course content for year 4

Final year topics reflect the current hotspots of bioscience endeavour and the research interests of our staff, and are constantly being updated.

You will undertake an independent in-depth research project that may involve supervised practical work in a laboratory, or you may choose to work on e-learning, educational, data analysis, bioinformatics or enterprise topics. 

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Academic Tutorials Year 3 BIOL30000 0 Mandatory
Projects BIOL30030 30 Mandatory
Project Literature Review BIOL30101 10 Mandatory
Post-Genome Biology (L) BIOL31301 10 Optional
Evolution of Genes, Genomes & Systems (E) BIOL31391 10 Optional
Comparative Developmental Biol (L) BIOL31451 10 Optional
Chemical Communication in Animals (L) BIOL31461 10 Optional
Advanced Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology (E) BIOL31471 10 Optional
Conservation Biology (E) BIOL31482 10 Optional
Biotic Interactions (L) BIOL31511 10 Optional
Living with Climate Change (L) BIOL31541 10 Optional
Advanced Developmental Biology (E) BIOL31642 10 Optional
Clocks, Sleep & the Rhythms of Life (E) BIOL31681 10 Optional
Learning, Memory & Cognition (E) BIOL31692 10 Optional
Hormones & Behaviour BIOL31721 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 15 course units for year 4

What our students say

Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the  Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .

Facilities

Learning facilities

Our modern teaching labs are equipped for a range of biological and biomedical techniques. The following are just a few of the techniques you could undertake during your degree:

  • polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • DNA sequencing
  • gel electrophoresis
  • spectrophotometry
  • dissection and histology
  • electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (ECG)
  • immunofluorescence microscopy.

Our computing facilities include access to over 200 PCs in dedicated clusters and e-learning tools including online lecture notes, discussion boards, lecture podcasts and quizzes.

Our experimental grounds include a variety of plants and controlled growing conditions used in research. These facilities complement resources at the Manchester Museum where you have access to important natural history collections and a tropical frog conservation centre .

You will also have access to the University's other facilities for undergraduate students .

Research facilities

As a final year student, you have the opportunity to undertake a project in the labs of our world-class bioscience researchers.

To support our research, we have extensive  research facilities equipped with high-quality technology.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Graduates from modern language courses are extremely desirable to employers who require significant relevant work experience. In the growing field of international bioscience research collaborations, graduates with a good command of a foreign language are at a distinct advantage.

Many of our graduates secure jobs as researchers working in universities, pharmaceutical and bioscience companies, and institutes.

The transferable skills you will develop will also leave you well equipped for a wide range of careers outside the lab.

Many zoology students go on to work in conservation projects around the world. A number of graduates are now involved in such programmes in the UK and South Africa.

Other popular career choices include working in zoos and museums.

Read profiles of two of our graduates, Edward Wright and Lindsay Taylor , to discover more about some of these potential career paths.

Find out more about how we help our students prepare for the workplace and the careers our graduates go into within and outside the lab.

Accrediting organisations

This course has Advanced Accreditation  from the Royal Society of Biology.

Advanced Accreditation recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, highlighting degrees that contain a significant research element and educate the future leaders of research and development.

The criteria require evidence that graduates meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining substantial research experience.

In recognition of this, a graduate of an advanced accredited course can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Member (MRSB) level after just two years of practice, rather than the usual three.

These graduates can attain the qualifications of Chartered Biologist or Chartered Scientist one year sooner than graduates from other courses.