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BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences Degree (Level 6) — Full-time

Course outline

This exciting new interdisciplinary programme is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the natural world and its complex systems.

The degree offers an opportunity for students to explore related scientific disciplines, fostering a holistic approach to problem-solving and critical thinking. Emphasising the integration of knowledge from multiple scientific fields, the course encourages students to develop broad skillsets and become well-rounded scientists.

This award is currently subject to validation, with a first intake planned for September 2024.

Throughout the course, students will engage in a combination of theoretical and practical learning experiences, including laboratory work, field trips, and research projects. The final year culminates in a dissertation or major research project, allowing students to delve into a topic of their own choice and demonstrate their ability to conduct independent scientific research.

This degree equips graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue careers in research, academia, industry, or further study at postgraduate level. You’ll develop knowledge and understanding of natural science theories and practice to be able to apply them in a variety of situations and contexts.

This course is based at our new £58 million City Hub campus, next to Nottingham train station which boasts:

  • A brand new £1.2m science and innovation centre which opened in September 2022, offering purpose-built higher level technical facilities for students studying in the fields of biology, chemistry, forensics, pharmaceuticals and dental technologies.
  • A suite of brand new industrial-grade machinery and equipment, including a bench-top NMR scanner, a high performance liquid chromatogram, UV, IR and Mass spectrometers

Major topics are likely to include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Astronomy
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Dissertation/Major Research Project

You'll take a total of 120 credits in each academic year.

Nottingham College is proud to have been awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework Bronze Award for high quality student experience and outcomes. You can read more about this on the Office for Students website.

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: NAT3
UCAS

Use the UCAS code above when applying through the UCAS website.

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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street
Nottingham
NG1 7HB

Start: Monday 23rd September 2024

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £8,250

Course code: C049890 / Q049891

Qualification

Level 6 BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences

Duration

3 years

Level Level 6
Entry requirements

Applicants should possess (or expect to achieve) a full Level 3 science-based qualification or two A level science passes.

GCSE English Language and Maths passes at Grades 9 to 4 (previously A* to C) are required. As an equivalent, we expect applicants to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and Maths/numeracy.

Applicants must have a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2 in science-based subjects
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • T levels

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

Mature applicants not meeting the standard entry criteria but with relevant industry or life experience are very welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

A variety of traditional and innovative methods will be employed such as: reports, case studies, oral presentations, practical assessments, individual project work, data analysis, research, investigation, problem-solving tasks and portfolios of evidence.

Progression

This is a versatile degree providing an excellent basis for science-related careers.

Natural Sciences graduates are in high demand for employment in a wide variety of fields, as the degree provides a rigorous and interdisciplinary education; fostering critical thinking, problem-solving, and research skills.

Graduates will be well-prepared to tackle complex scientific challenges and make meaningful contributions to the scientific community.eg, laboratory analysis, chemical and biological research and teaching.

Additional information

This award is currently subject to validation.

About the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The TEF is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to encourage higher education providers to improve and deliver excellence in the areas that students care about the most: teaching, learning and achieving positive outcomes from their studies.

Learn more about the TEF