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Aston University, Birmingham

Biochemistry

UCAS Code: C700

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

BBB in three A levels subjects which must include Biology and Chemistry BBC in three A level subjects which must include Biology and Chemistry plus B in an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths. BCC in three A level subjects which must include Biology and Chemistry for Contextual offer students (more details https://www2.aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextual-offer/index). Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Subjects Accepted: Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Biosciences, Combined Sciences, Health Sciences, Health Sciences Professions, Life Sciences and Sciences.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Five GCSEs all at grade C/4 and must include Mathematics and English Language

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

31 points overall and must include grades 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects which must include Biology and Chemistry. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Mathematics and English Language.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

BTEC any subject plus BB in A Level Biology and Chemistry (BC for contextual students). BTEC Applied Science plus grade B in A Level Chemistry (C for contextual students). Please visit this link for more details on our Contextual Offer Scheme https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in both A Level Biology AND Chemistry. Contextual Offer students would need to achieve BC in their A Level Biology AND Chemistry (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer)

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

BTEC any subject plus BB in A Level Biology and Chemistry (BC for contextual students). BTEC Applied Science plus grade B in A Level Chemistry (C for contextual students). Please visit this link for more details on our Contextual Offer Scheme https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer).

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,B

This must include Biology and Chemistry.

UCAS Tariff

120-135

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with year in industry | 2021

Subject

Biochemistry

The demand for qualified biochemists within the UK and across the world is rising. As a biochemistry graduate your future career could include developing new drugs, bio-fuels, methods of food production, and clinical practices. Many graduates also undertake further postgraduate study.

With a Biochemistry degree from Aston, you’ll have the theoretical grounding, industry know-how, and skills to have a successful career in a wide range of industries such as:
- Research and development

- Scientific communication

- Forensic science

- Biotechnology

- Patent law

- Sales and management

- Medicinal chemistry.

From finding new ways to save lives to combatting climate change, studying Biochemistry at Aston University, Birmingham will help you succeed in a subject which has never been more exciting, diverse or important.

Our Biochemistry course is focused on preparing you for a future career that makes a big difference. Studying at Aston gives you unrivalled hands-on experience, world-class facilities and specialist teaching.

In addition, your integrated placement year will give you the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice. You can undertake placements in hospital, industrial or research laboratories, as well as non-laboratory settings.

As a biochemist, you’ll help to comprehend and resolve biological problems through the use of molecular expertise and processes. You will help to lead the way in developing new thinking, techniques and technology in the fields of medicine, pharmaceutics, biotechnology, agriculture and nutrition.

**Key course benefits:**

- Top 20 in the UK for students satisfied with teaching (Biosciences, Guardian University Guide, 2020.

- Top 15 in the UK for graduate prospects (Biological Sciences, Sunday Times 2021).

- Access to extensive specialist bioscience laboratory facilities.

- Work at the interface of biological and physical sciences, gaining key laboratory, analytical, computational and communication skills.

- Integrated placement year designed to set your studies in a real world context.

Modules

Year 1
Develop a thorough understanding of the processes that underpin key areas of biochemistry such as how biomolecules assemble into complex structures, how genetic material is stored and inherited and fundamental microbiological concepts. Core modules: Biomolecules, Cells to Systems, Microbiology and Genetics, and Molecular Metabolism.

Year 2
Study topics such as how changes at the molecular level lead to disease, the role that cell signalling plays in life processes and learn how to apply fundamental biochemical concepts to experimental and real-world problems. Core modules: Cell Membranes, Mechanisms of Pathology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and Protein Structure and Function.

Placement year
Gain valuable career-boosting experience by setting your studies in a real world context of a working environment alongside professionals. Undertake your placement in a wide variety of settings such as hospital, industrial or research laboratories or non-laboratory settings. Placements can be taken in the UK, EU or internationally.

Final year
Undertake a substantial original research project, choose from a range of advanced modules, and further develop your professional skills ready for your first career step post-graduation. Core modules: Research Project Preparation, Research Project, and Professional Skills for Biochemists.

For more information, please visit our website.

Assessment methods

Through a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, you will gain key laboratory, analytical, computational and communication skills needed by the modern biochemist. We maximise the time you spend doing hands-on practical work in the lab using specially-designed online activities both before and after the lab sessions. You will be assessed throughout the course with wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes, such as: examinations (unseen essay, short answer or multiple-choice questions), essays, presentations, laboratory reports, project work and computer based assessment.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
International
£19,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Biosciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


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Biosciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,380
high
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
77%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Natural and social science professionals
22%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Around 2,500 graduates got degrees in this demanding but valuable subject last year. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications - over a third of graduates in the subject took this option - but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot to choose from. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, as well as in education, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are particularly likely to get jobs in London and the South East.

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