Biosciences & Ecology

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Hear from your lecturers and find out more about what you’ll be studying, then scroll down to learn more about the campus, accommodation and living in Gloucestershire.

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You’ll study in Cheltenham at…

Francis Close Hall campus

​​​​​Located in the heart of Cheltenham, Francis Close Hall is a short walk from the town centre giving you easy access to the town’s clubs, bars, shops, theatres, venues and cafés.


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Look inside

We’ve been teaching students at Francis Close Hall since 1847. This historic campus provides students with cutting-edge technologies in fully equipped science labs, virtual reality suites and a crime scene simulator.

Let us show you around

Over the last 12 months we’ve filmed live Facebook tours of the campuses and the local area, which you can watch again below.
Hear from our student ambassadors and get a feel for what it’s like here.

Biosciences and Ecology

Be at the forefront of pioneering advances in medicine in our high-tech labs. Discover animal behaviours on safari placements and tackle global change biology first-hand on incredible field trips.

Meet some of your lecturers


of graduates in employment or further study 6 months after graduating*


placements and internships completed by our students every year

*Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 2016/17. Full-time, UK domicile students

Gain real world experience

Every year our students complete over 4,000 placements and internships. Our biosciences students can be found at zoos, schools, NHS labs, RSPB sites and safari parks.

“The course gives you so many opportunities – it’s highly practical, engaging and has amazing links with so many local and worldwide organisations, which offer students a diverse range of opportunities across the globe.” – Chloe Bench, Biology student

Get out and explore

Investigate ecology, animal behaviour and rhino poaching on a South African wildlife reserve. Explore the home of the orang-utan, elephant and clouded leopard in the Borneo Rainforest, or discover the wildlife on your doorstep through local trips to the Royal Forest of Dean and Welsh mountains.

Our students and graduates have worked with…

Where to live

Hardwick is a 3 minute walk from Francis Close Hall campus and has 123 bedrooms, while Pittville Student Village has nearly 800 bedrooms and is just a 20 minute walk from campus.

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Join a supportive community

Over 80 sports clubs and societies

From Tae Kwon-do and Drama to DJ’ing, film-making and yoga – there are loads of societies to keep you busy alongside your studies. Improve your cooking skills by joining the Culinary society, or hang out with fellow Harry Potter fans in Dumbledore’s Army. You can even start a new society.

There are plenty of sports clubs to join too including hockey, badminton, football, rugby, netball, rowing, cheerleading, rock climbing and trampolining.

We’ll take care of you…


Helpzones are available on every campus to provide you with help, support and guidance whenever you need it.


Personal support with accommodation, finance, mental health and wellbeing, and a personal tutor to support your academic progress.

Faith space

We warmly welcome those of all faiths and world views to our faith spaces on each campus to relax, pray, play games and meet others.

…and your future plan

Whether you know what you want to do after university or have no idea, Your Future Plan can help you develop the skills, experience and confidence to make your career dreams a reality.

Identifying what you want to do today, tomorrow or after graduation isn’t always easy.

We’ll help you to explore your options, decide your course of action and achieve your goals.

Shape your personal future plan in discussion with your personal tutor and in one-to-one sessions with our knowledgeable careers consultants and work placement coordinators.

Whether you have a placement as part of your course, want to get involved with your community or simply want to get experience and make a bit of money, you’ll have access to hundreds of work experience opportunities.

Our work placement coordinators are available to help on every campus.

We understand that having the confidence to go for your goals isn’t always easy. But with our programme of empowering events, inspiring guest speakers and workshops designed to improve your mindset, you’ll feel ready for anything.

Through Your Future Plan’s Employability Award scheme, workshops and mentoring programmes, you’ll develop the skill​s essential to life after graduation – whatever that might look like for you.​

Money advice

The money advice team offer confidential advice and information on how to find work to support yourself and how to organise your budget.

We can also provide you with information regarding bursaries, loans and grants and explore what you’re entitled to.


As well as a tuition fee loan, if you’re a UK/EU student and have lived in the UK for 3 years prior to study, you can apply for a student maintenance loan to help with your living costs.


There are a number of bursaries available in 2020/2021 to all students including a range of automatic bursaries providing a grant during the first year of study for eligible international students.


We’re offering a number of scholarships in 2020/2021 including the Academic Merit Scholarship which rewards academic merit for students who achieve a certain standard in their level 3 results.

We care about the same issues as you, when you’re thinking about which uni to go to and what it’ll be like.

Who Cares? We do.

Where will my degree take me?

We’ll help you to reach your goals, during and after your time at university. You’ll explore what’s important to you and be supported to reach your full potential.

Will I fit in?

You’ll be joining a diverse and vibrant community of more than 10,000 students and staff. It’s an amazing environment to figure out your own authentic direction, working with others to reach your goals.

Will I love life in Gloucestershire?

Gloucestershire offers a great mix of city and country living. With plenty of cheese (rolling), outdoor activities, festivals and sport, it’s as vibrant and innovative as it is historic and beautiful.

How will I be supported?

Our outstanding student support teams offer 1-to-1, confidential advice to help you make the most of your time here. Support is always on hand to help you get the most from your student experience.

Is it worth it?

University is about more than a degree – learn how to live independently, make lifelong friendships and make mistakes. We think university is a journey, and we’ll be right there with you.

How can I protect the planet?

We’re the UK’s No.1 university for sustainability (People and Planet University League 2019). We don’t just teach you about the problems – we challenge you to overcome them.


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