**Please note that Combined Honours degrees at Liverpool Hope University are split 50/50. This means both subjects will be studied equally.** **Biology** Biology is a dynamic and constantly evolving science that has benefited from many recent discoveries made possible through powerful technologies such as genomic analysis, digital imagery and computer generated models. The Biology degree at Liverpool Hope takes a broad approach to studying life on Earth. You will have the **opportunity to study a wide variety of organisms and different environments**, as well as explore a range of biological processes and become proficient in carrying out techniques for investigating them. At Hope, we take a **dynamic and highly practical approach to teaching Biology**. Your learning will concentrate on practical Biology with opportunities to study in the laboratory and during field trips, as well as visits to biological research centres. Our lecturers are enthusiastic and approachable research-active biologists whose experience and expertise facilitates research-informed teaching in contemporary aspects of evolutionary biology, animal behaviour, conservation biology, insect ecology, avian biology, bioinformatics, genomics and stable isotope ecology. The more theoretical and technical themes in Biology are covered during **interactive lectures**, and then investigated during small-group tutorials and workshops. You won’t just learn biological theory, you will become actively engaged in all aspects of the subject. You will be able to **carry out your own research projects**, and will be encouraged to consider the wider impacts of Biology on society and everyday life. **Special Educational Needs** Studying Special Educational Needs at Liverpool Hope University will enable you to **understand a range of different learning needs** and will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to educate others about the nature of disability. The degree incorporates insights from education, as well as drawing on work in the arts, humanities and health care, to ensure you gain a broad and balanced understanding of the principal features of education in a wide range of contexts. A central aspect of the course is an understanding of medical and social constructions of Special Educational Needs and Disability, the legal requirements regarding provision for SEN/ Disability and a critical understanding of past and contemporary practices. By completing this degree, you will have gained a **knowledge and understanding of the global perspectives on special education** and disability and issues relating to children and families, as well as having the ability to critically engage with professional expertise. Special Educational Needs (SEN) at Liverpool Hope University is an interdisciplinary subject underpinned by the work of the **Centre for Culture and Disability Studies** (CCDS). You will become a professional who is knowledgeable and skilled in this field. You will enter your professional life recognising the importance of compassion and understanding of your work with, and on behalf of, those who are disabled and/or identified as having a special educational need.