Biology is the study of life, from the microscopic bacteria on our skin to the enormous blue whales inhabiting the oceans. As biologists we ask questions about living organisms and how they interact with their environment. We try to understand the weird and wonderful behaviours that we observe, and why these vary among different individuals and species. We study the evolutionary processes that produced the amazing diversity of life on Earth and how we can best conserve it.


5 x 4 hour sessions, to be held on weekdays between January and May, both in and out of term time.

Session 1 Wednesday 23rd January 2019 12:00–16:00 Penryn campus
Session 2 Wednesday 13th February 2019 12:00–16:00 Penryn campus
Session 3 Wednesday 13th March 2019 12:00–16:00 Penryn campus
Session 4 Wednesday 17th April 2019 10:30–16:00 Field Trip – Meet at Penryn campus as usual*
Session 5 Wednesday 1st May 2019 12:00–16:00 Penryn campus

Activity Locations

All subject activity sessions will take place on the University of Exeter Penryn campus, Cornwall.

*Transport will be provided for the field trip and will leave from the Penryn campus.

Meeting point: Penryn campus main reception

Subject Activity Strand Content

Through this strand, you will broaden your knowledge of the bioscience subjects taught on the Penryn Campus: animal behaviour, conservation biology and ecology, marine biology, evolutionary biology, and zoology.

Each session will focus on one of these areas and allow you to gain experience of different university learning styles in the classroom, lab, and in the field.

Activities will include laboratory practicals, a mini research conference, and a marine biology themed fieldtrip which will give you the opportunity to explore some of Cornwall’s amazing wildlife.

During all of these activities, you will be joined by students and staff from the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, and will be able to find out more about their research and where a degree in biosciences could take you.

This is the perfect opportunity for budding scientists to learn more about what studying biosciences at university is all about.


This subject activity strand has contributions from the following degree programmes:

  • BSc Animal Behaviour
  • BSc Conservation Ecology and Biodiversity
  • BSc Evolutionary Biology
  • BSc Marine Biology
  • BSc Zoology

Entry Requirements

In the event of this subject strand being oversubscribed, priority for places will be given to students studying Biology at A Level. 

Pass Criteria

A minimum of 4 out of the 5 subject activity sessions must be attended, in addition to the Exeter Scholars Student Conference.