Biology is the natural science that studies life and living organisms, including their physical structure, chemical processes, molecular interactions, physiological mechanisms, development, and evolution.
Biology can be a challenging subject because it involves a lot of unfamiliar concepts (some of which are difficult) and requires mastering an unfamiliar vocabulary (true of any science). It is less maths intensive than chemistry or physics.
As a field of science, biology helps us understand the living world and the ways its many species, including humans, function, evolve and interact. Advances in medicine, agriculture, biotechnology, and many other areas of biology have brought improvements in the quality of life.
Science teachers, including those specialising in biology, are much in demand and as science, technology, engineering, and maths careers continue to grow, there’s a need for capable, hard-working teachers.
Biology is a fundamental subject for careers in all areas of the science and health sectors but there are many other industries you can take with this degree. Jobs directly related to a biology degree include:
Biology encompasses many diverse fields, including botany, conservation, ecology, evolution, genetics, marine biology, medicine, microbiology, molecular biology, physiology and zoology. However, the main five branches are:
Many people with biology degrees become doctors. In fact, biology degrees are the No. 1 bachelor’s degree that aspiring doctors earn before starting medical school; this type of degree provides a good foundation for students interested in medicine, so it is a good long-term investment.
Most courses are three to five years duration and you are looking at the usual annual university fee per year, but these may vary depending on which institution you choose.
Universities that offer Biology courses include:
Biology lessons can start from around £12, and some tutors or teachers offer a first trial lesson free.
There are many tutors, teachers, instructors and service providers of varying experience and expertise, therefore the price can vary greatly. You must factor in location, the level of study for each course, your commitment and length of lessons.
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