If you are thinking about applying to university to study Biology and want to come across the answer to 'What Biology related extra curricular activities and work experience can I do? Hopefully you have just found it by coming across this article. Here I am going to be providing you with a few ideas and activities you might want to carry out, as they could contribute towards improving your University Application for studying a Biology Degree.
1) Set up a Biology Society at Your School or College
This is a great way to show how enthusiastic you are about studying biology and you can explain about the kind of activities that your society gets up to that is expanding upon your current A Level knowledge. This is also showing your admission tutor that you have strong organisational skills, as you have set up the society and actually running it.
If there is already a Biology Society in place, then great! Participate and try to gain a decent amount of responsibility.
2) Get Your Biology Articles Published
Start writing up some articles surrounding biological research that has been undertaken at universities or institutions or anything that generally interests you have in the field of Biology, and see if you can get your articles published in local newspapers etc. Or if that fails you could set up your own Biology Blog or have your articles published on InfoBarrel (which could earn you some pocket money also, for more information click here).
If you can mention that you have do this as a past time or as apart of some independent research project this again indicates your genuine interest as you have done research outside of the realm of your A Level by participating in wider reading and that you also must possess a decent writing capability.
3) Do a Short Online Biology Course
There are also options to do a higher education module or/ and certificates from the open university such as Polar Biology module or gaining a certificate in Contemporary Science (if you can I would recommend carrying out this during a summer, and check if your school is willing to pay for it also). There are also courses available by the universities such as Oxford University with the 10 week online course in Bioinformatics.
This is evidence that you are working at the ability of a undergraduate and that you are confident to do independent research and study. It would also probably be a good idea to do additional pre-reading of first year undergraduate text books such as the book by Neil A. Campbell 'Biology: Concepts and Connections'.
4) Biology Related Volunteer Work and Work Experience
If you can get hold of any time of volunteering or being an assistant and being in an actual lab this is really great experience, try offering at your local university if they need a helpful hand, even try at companies, hospitals etc. Get networking and try to get a volunteer placement that is related to science in some way, if not don't worry there will be plenty of other applicants without any relevant work or volunteer experience at all. It might even be worthwhile just to being a science personal tutor to younger children it shows a level of confidence organisation, communication skills, initiative and so on.
5) AQA Biology Extended Project
Here not only can you gain extra UCAS points but you can gear your project towards the topic you are going to study. Be sure to carry it out well and you can show in your personal statement and interviews the type of skills you have gained and enhanced and how this has helped you advanced as a Biologist. Strive to make the project as good as you possibly can.
Tip: Ask your Biology teacher or any other science teacher if they can think of any other activities that you can undertake or even if they can just lend you a helping hand in writing and reviewing your articles etc.