BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences
DescriptionCourse Code: Q64 Course Level: Undergraduate Subject Area: Science Course Qualification: Degree This course is available for study in: Globally
What you will learn
We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand the science behind the important issues that feature in the news? Whether you are keen to study a specific area of science or are not yet sure whether your interest lies – say – in physics or biology, then this degree is for you. It starts with a wide-ranging introduction to highly topical areas of modern science, and then offers the chance to specialise as you develop your interests. Pathways include biology; chemistry; Earth …
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What you will learn
We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand the science behind the important issues that feature in the news? Whether you are keen to study a specific area of science or are not yet sure whether your interest lies – say – in physics or biology, then this degree is for you. It starts with a wide-ranging introduction to highly topical areas of modern science, and then offers the chance to specialise as you develop your interests. Pathways include biology; chemistry; Earth sciences; environmental sciences; physics; and astronomy and planetary science. Flexible, accessible study arrangements mean you can do all the practical work near where you live or online in your own home, but taking part in laboratory and field work at specific locations may be an option for some pathways.
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Time required and cost
You require 360 credits to complete this course. Time to complete studies can range from 4 to 16 years depending on how many credits are studied each year. Typically 9 hours of study a week equates to 30 credits achieved in a year.
What you pay is based on the number of credits you study in a year and this depends on the modules you choose. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2013/2014:
- £5,124 if you study 120 credits in a year (full-time)
- £2,562 if you study 60 credits in a year
- £1,281 if you study 30 credits in a year.
NB: Prices and course details are subject to change.
By the time you achieve your qualification, you’ll be an adaptable graduate with a range of transferable skills that are highly valued in the labour market – such as analytical, numerical and communication skills, teamworking, problem solving and proficiency in using computers. You’ll also have a good understanding of where your strengths and interests lie, and be well prepared for your next step – whether it’s further study or employment.
Science graduates are well placed to enter both scientific and non-scientific jobs. The logical, reasoned approach needed for science study is relevant to a wide range of financial, business and public sector employment, so science graduates – particularly those who have good communication and interpersonal skills – are in demand. Employers also look for evidence of experience of the workplace to support the skills gained through the degree. To succeed, graduates will need to be flexible and multi-skilled, with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment.
Please see the tables shown on the Pathway pages via the links shown at the bottom of this page.
There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 7.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.
Classification of course
On successful completion of the required number and type of modules you will be awarded a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Natural Sciences degree.
Your honours degree will be classified either as first-class
honours, upper second-class honours, lower second-class honours or
third-class honours. The class of degree is determined by the best
grades you achieve in a minimum of 120 and up to 240 credits from
modules at Levels 2 and 3,
120 of which must come from modules at Level 3.
For information on Credits, click here.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:
- Student Regulations
- Module Regulations
- General Qualification Regulations
- BSc Natural Sciences
- Schedule A to the Qualification Regulations.