Overview


Biology is the study of life with a focus on the whole organism. It covers the key areas of molecular biology, cellular biology, organismal biology and population biology. Biology with Enterprise is offered in partnership with the Leeds University Business School. This innovative degree at Leeds offers a comprehensive understanding of the broad scope of biology and associated biotechnology together with the essentials of business and commerce.

Biology addresses whole organism from molecules to entire ecosystems. The course reflects the complexity of life from molecular and cellular biology to organisms and populations. That breadth of diversity is reflected in the Biology with Enterprise course that is further supplemented with an understanding of business.

The balance of the course is most suitable for biologists wanting to supplement understanding biology with that of business and commerce. Biology with Enterprise is designed to give graduates strong career prospects in both the private and public sectors.

Course highlights

  • The common first year provides you with a broad foundation as a scientist, flexibility, and the opportunity to specialise in your chosen area in Years 2 and 3. A key benefit of having a common first year is that you can easily switch between our degree programmes within the school of biology.
  • In each year you will choose modules from our specialist degrees across the biology area (Biology with Enterprise, Genetics, Ecology and Conservation Biology, and Zoology), allowing you to follow your own biological interests.
  • This course offers you the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement and study year abroad.
  • Extensive practical ‘hands-on’ experience. We offer several field courses in locations as diverse as North Yorkshire, the Mediterranean and Africa. You will also have access to the University farm.

Related courses

Biology BSc
Ecology and Conservation Biology BSc
Genetics BSc
Zoology BSc



Course content: Biology with Enterprise BSc

Inthe first year of the course you will have an introduction to several corethemes, including molecular and cell biology, microbiology, genetics andimmunology, together with a laboratory skills module. Alongside these modules,you will study strategic business planning and management.

Followingthat in year 2 you will continue to study biological processes and yourcontinued skills development will be supported through modules that integrateregular tutorials, laboratory practical’s and data handling exercises.

Inyear three you will further develop your understanding of business practice inpreparation for your independent Enterprise Project. There is a strong emphasison independent learning, problem solving and data analysis. The extendedindividual project will develop your research skills and produce a report thatcould contribute to a research publication.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

COMPULSORY MODULES

Biology Practicals and Data Analysis 20 credits
Practical Genetics 10 credits
Practical Applied Biology 10 credits
Tutorials for Biology and Genetics 10 credits
The Basis of Life 20 credits
Enterprise in Action 10 credits

Year 2

COMPULSORY MODULES

Enhanced Study Skills for Biologists 10 credits
Parasitology 10 credits
Animal Nutrition and Metabolism 20 credits
How Plants Work 10 credits
Sustainable Food Production 10 credits
Animals as Pests 10 credits
Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice 10 credits
New Enterprise Planning 20 credits

Year 3

COMPULSORY MODULES

Biology Integrated Research Projects 40 credits
Enterprise Development Project 20 credits
Advanced Entrepreneurship 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Biology with Enterprise BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The first and second year will see a focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge for your final year research project, which will see independent research and learning complemented with the guidance of leading experts.

Across all three years, additional workshop and seminar sessions will complement your lectures and lab practicals, and you will also undertake private study. A typical week

Year one includes ten to twelve hours of lectures, a tutorial and a six hour lab practical session, plus private study time. Year two consists of around eight to ten lectures per week, tutorials and a six hour lab practical session, plus plus private study time. In year three your research project will take around three days per week (mainly in Semester One), you will also attend a number of associated lectures, plus private study time.

Independent study and research are also crucial to every year of the course. We have excellent library and computing facilities to support your learning, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of them.

Assessment

We use a variety of assessment methods to helpyou develop a broad range of skills. These include practical work, datahandling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work,online and face-to-face discussion groups, computer-based simulations, essays,posters and oral presentations.

Entry requirements, fees and applying: Biology with Enterprise BSc

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA - AAB

Including Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. If Biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: computing, environmental science, food science, geography, geology, PE, psychology, science in society, statistics, use of mathematics.

Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

GCSE:

Typically Grade 6 (B) Maths and Grade 4 (C) English.

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, graded at D45M0P0 to D39M6P0 including distinctions in Biology and Mathematics or Chemistry.Accept Access courses in Applied Science and Science.

Will also consider (depending on subject content)

  • Biochemical Sciences
  • Biological and Environmental Science
  • Biological and Health Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biosciences
  • Combined Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Life and Biological Science
  • Life Science
  • Medical and Health Science Professions
  • Natural SciencesPhysical & Natural Sciences

BTEC

Applicants with BTEC qualifications (Diploma or Extended Diploma) are required to have A2 level Biology (Maths, Chemistry and Physics may be acceptable alternatives depending on the BTEC subject). Distinctions in the BTEC subject and an A or B grade (BTEC subject dependent) for the A-level subject are required.
Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must have at least 2 A2 levels and at least one of these must be in Biology.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3/D3/D3-D3/D3/M1 including D3 in Biology plus one other science or science-related subject

International Baccalaureate

35-34 (with 18-17 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2 - H1,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2 including H1-H2 in Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB, with AA-AB in 2 Advanced Highers including Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded. If Biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required.

Science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Science- related subjects include: Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, P.E, Psychology, Science in Society, Statistics, Food Science and use of Maths.

Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

Welsh Baccalaureate

AAA - AAB including Biology and another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.

We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: computing, environmental science, food science, geography, geology, PE, psychology, science in society, statistics, use of mathematics.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative Entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £21,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

The Faculty of Biological Sciences offer a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students. Find out more about our scholarships

Career opportunities: Biology with Enterprise BSc

Number 1 for employability – the Faculty of Biological Sciences is ranked highest for employability amongst Russell Group universities. Higher than Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College, Liverpool, Manchester, York.

Biology is a wide-ranging subject that can take you into many occupations with companies in the private sector or as part of government institutions and departments. Biology with Enterprise leads to a similar breadth of careers that is augmented by knowledge of business principles.

96% of our graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduation. Careers can be found in large multinational organisations, national companies and smaller enterprises, government sectors such as NHS or the civil service e.g. DEFRA all of which operate under economic constraints. Biology with Enterprise allows for a continuation of delivering biology with impact in careers such as as medical scientists, biotechnologists, teachers, ecologists, neurobiologists, dieticians, agricultural scientists, conservationists, geneticists, veterinary scientists and the media to name a few.

Careers support

Faculty Employability team

We have a dedicated Employability Officer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who works closely with the University’s Careers Centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. We also organise regular careers workshops designed specifically for sport sciences students to develop their career opportunities. These include our annual Bioscience Networking Event, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

If you choose to undertake a study abroad option, you will spend the third year of the BSc studying abroad. This will extend your studies by 12 months.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

Industrial placements are typically taken between your second and final year. If you choose to undertake a placement year, this will extend your studies by 12 months. For your work placement in industry, staff at Leeds will help you with your CV and application letters and provide a list of organisations which may offer industrial placements.

Placements abroad are possible. We work together with your industrial supervisors to make sure you get the most out of this year. A year working in industry gives you an excellent opportunity to get used to the demands of the world of work, to develop new skills and to augment your CV.

Field courses


One of the most exciting aspects of our degrees is the range of opportunities for fieldwork on offer. Field courses offer valuable opportunities to apply your knowledge and practical research skills outside of the lab, so we offer at least the option of a field course in every year.
Year 1: Coastal and Uplands Habitats, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
This compulsory course takes place over the summer after your end of year exams and gives you a first taste of field research in a group setting. You’ll get a taste of Yorkshire’s natural history and be exposed to a wide range of natural systems: moorland plants and birds, intertidal invertebrates, freshwater fish and insects and sea bird colonies.
Year 2: Terrestrial Ecology and Behaviour, Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales
An optional course which runs after the summer exams, this course will expand on the training you’ve gained in your first two years of study. You’ll choose from projects on a wide range of topics in behaviour and ecology including bat behaviours, bird song and habitat preferences of small mammals. If you’re feeling brave you could also take part in a caving trip – and there’s our infamous treasure hunt and pub quiz.
Year 2: Mediterranean Ecology Field Course

Usually involves a trip to the Iberian Peninsula, this course allows you to explore issues surrounding biodiversity conservation across Europe, including the challenges of growing human populations and habitat restoration. You’ll work in groups of two or three to conduct independent research projects. Recently these have included social interactions between macaque troops, the effects of feather parasites on bird performance and thermoregulation in lizards.
Year 3: African Ecology Field Course, South Africa
This optional course takes place in The Great Fish River Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. You’ll take part in group projects collecting data and samples and analysing them, with help from both Leeds lecturers and demonstrators and staff from nearby Rhodes University. Past projects have included the diet of the black rhino, small mammal diversity and distribution and kudu-vegetation interactions.
Find out more and view photo galleries from our Field Courses