The Open University
Key Course Facts
Salary of all UK Graduates of
|15 months after graduation||3 years after graduation||5 years after graduation|
|25-75 percentile range||£19489 - £26022||£16894 - £27526||£20699 - £33736|
All courses in the UK
Our biology diploma is for those inspired by the natural world. Studying with the OU will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of the foundations of life and biological processes involved. Explore diverse subject areas from the cellular and molecular levels to whole organism survival. Biology encompasses all living species, explaining their diversity via evolutionary origins. It defines their anatomy and structure, describes their physiology and behaviour, and provides scientific rationales for their habitat requirements and ecosystem interactions.
Key features of the course
Gain a contemporary understanding of a range of biology subjects with study of the scientific method throughout.
Develop biological data handling, some statistical analysis and technical report-writing, presentation and IT skills.
Undertake practical work through home and field investigations, as well as virtual and remote experiments using our award-winning OpenScience Lab.
Further develop fieldwork and practical skills through optional short residential schools, where you can also meet other Open University biology students.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Biology (W89), DipHE, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
Positions of The Open University in top UK and global rankings.
About The Open University
The Open University was established in 1969 in Milton Keynes, and is the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education. The OU is among the most prestigious distance-learning institutions in the United Kingdom, enjoying numerous awards and accreditations, including Triple Crown status for their Business School.
Student composition of The Open University
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Bioscience HNC||Scotland's Rural College University||-||-||-||£7500||£15000||-||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|Life Sciences for Subjects Allied to Medicine CertHE||Birkbeck, University of London||-||-||-||£6750||£6750||-||London||On campus Part-time|
|Biology with Science (PGDE - Graduates only) PGDE||University of Strathclyde||-||-||-||£9250||£15150||-||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Applied Bioscience HND||Scotland's Rural College University||-||-||-||£7500||£15000||-||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|Applied Biological Science top-up HND||Nottingham College||-||-||-||£8250||£9500||-||Nottingham||On campus Full-time|
|Secondary Science with Biology PGCE with QTS PGCE||University of Huddersfield||-||-||-||£9250||£16000||-||Huddersfield||On campus Full-time|
|Analytical Bioscience PgDip||Birkbeck, University of London||-||-||-||£6780||£10920||-||London||On campus Full-time|
|Applied Biological Science HNC||Nottingham College||-||-||-||£8250||-||-||Nottingham||On campus Full-time|
|Biology (PGDE - Graduates Only) PGDE||University of Glasgow||-||-||-||£9250||-||-||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Secondary Biology with QTS PGCE||University of Cumbria||-||-||-||£9250||-||-||Carlisle||On campus Part-time|