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What A-levels do you need to study biochemistry?

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 If you want to study biochemistry, then it’s crucial that you pick the right A-levels. Chemistry is a must-have subject wherever you plan to study, but there are certain other ‘essentials’ depending on the course you apply to.

Taking chemistry, biology and either maths or physics (or both) will keep all biochemistry courses open to you.

A-level subjects for biochemistry

What A-level subjects are needed or essential for biochemistry?  

  • chemistry and often one from biology, maths or physics.
Find out more about university entry requirements.

What A-levels are useful for biochemistry?

  • biology
  • maths
  • physics

Take a look at individual biochemistry courses on The Uni Guide to find out the most popular subjects biochemistry students studied before attending their degree course.


Examples of biochemistry degree requirements

Below are a range of Bachelor of science (with Honours) courses offered by different universities and the A-level entry requirements they ask for (as of 26 April 2024):

University of Southampton: ‘AAA to include Chemistry and one further science subject. A level science subjects considered include Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Science practical components must be passed. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry.'

University of Kent: 'B,B,B - B,C,C. including any required subjects as listed in the relevant qualification section.’

University of Reading: 'ABB with B in Chemistry. Or BBB with B in Chemistry and a second science. Acceptable second science subjects: Biology, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Science/Studies, Applied Science, Geology, Computer Science.'


Other similar degree subjects

Even similar subjects may have different A-level requirements to biochemistry, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before you finalise your choices.

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