BSc Palaeontology and Evolution (CF17)

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UCAS code CF17
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,500 per year, subject to government approval
  • EU students: £9,500 per year, subject to government approval
  • International students: £20,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £11,000 per year, subject to government approval
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 13

About BSc Palaeontology and Evolution

Palaeontology is the study of the life of the past. This course studies the evolution of life through the combined study of geology and biology. You will become a numerate and analytically able palaeobiologist with an understanding of the evolution of life in the context of this planet and its history.

One third of the first year is spent studying biology and two thirds are dedicated to earth science. After the first year you will take core units from both disciplines which are particularly relevant to your area of study, and you will have a wider choice of earth science and biological options to choose from.

The palaeontology and evolution cohort is small and high-achieving and always attracts great enthusiasts for the subject area. You will be part of a tight-knit and competitive, yet friendly group.

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Typical offer for BSc Palaeontology and Evolution - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAB including AB in Biology and another science (in any order), or ABB in Biology and two core science subjects (in any order)
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABC including AB in Biology and another science subject (in any order)
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 6 and 5 at Higher Level in Biology and another science (in any order), or 32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6,5 and 5 in Biology and two other core science subjects (in any order)
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
31 points overall with 15 at Higher Level, including 6, 5 at Higher Level in a core science and another science (in any order)
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit, including 12 credits at Distinction in Biology plus one of: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics
BTEC offer DDM in Science or Engineering, plus A-level B in Biology
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AB including two sciences, one of which must be Biology, and Standard Higher: AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade
European Baccalaureate offer80% overall with 8.5, 8.0 in two sciences (in any order)
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

Core science subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics. Science subjects also include Environmental Science, Geography, Geology and Psychology.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard numeracy requirement (C in GCSE Maths or equivalent) and
Standard literacy requirement (C in GCSE English or equivalent)

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed, but please seek advice about maintaining relevant skills

Selection process

All applicants who apply from a background not listed above, or who have been out of education for more than 3 years will be invited for an interview and test.

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