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Biochemistry (including Sandwich Year)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-A,B,B

Chemistry and Biology with a minimum of a grade C

Can be considered in combination with other Level 3 qualifications e.g. A2's in different subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30,P:0

Equivalent of 112 UCAS points in one of the following subjects: - Biology - Human biology - Chemistry - Science - Applied Science

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

To include Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level grade 5 alongside another Science subject

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4

Equivalent of 112 UCAS points. To include Biology or Chemistry with a minimum of H3 alongside another Science subject.

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

DM

The following subjects are considered alongside an A Level with a minimum of a grade C: - Applied Science - Applied Biology - Applied Chemistry - Biomedical Sciences - Life Sciences - Medical Science - Forensics

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

DMM-DDM

The following BTEC's are considered suitable: - Science: Applied Biology - Applied Science - Applied Science (Biomedical Science) - Applied Science (Forensic Science) - Applied Science (Medical Science) - Chemical Sciences Other BTEC Extended Diploma programmes may be considered if contain both biology and chemistry units

Equivalent of 112 UCAS points including Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry, and one of: - Biology - Chemistry - Environmental Science - Geography - Geology - Maths - Physics, or - Psychology

UCAS Tariff

112-128

UCAS points from ideally 3 A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Biochemistry

**Reasons to choose Kingston**

- This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. You’ll receive one year’s free associate membership once you graduate.

- 100 percent of students from this course are in employment or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17).

- You’ll gain extensive practical experience in brand new laboratories, recently opened as part of a £6.8 million investment.

- Kingston University is No.1 in London for Biosciences (Guardian League Table 2021).

- This course received over 92% overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020).

**About this course**

Do you want to contribute to work that could help solve many of life’s biggest challenges? Engage with the latest groundbreaking scientific developments? Biochemistry at Kingston will help you understand the molecular processes that control life, from molecules (such as DNA and proteins) and cells, to the complex structures of whole organisms.

In your final year, you’ll select from options such as Advanced Analytical Science, Clinical Chemistry and Haematology, and Chemotherapy. Choosing a specialist topic which inspires you, you’ll work on an independent research project.

You’ll acquire the knowledge and technical skills to work in a wide variety of roles, including those in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Modules

Examples of Modules: Year 1 - Genes, Cells and Tissues; The Biochemical Foundations of Life; Human Physiology; Scientific and Laboratory Skills; Year 2 - Proteins and Metabolism; Molecular Biology of the Cell; Principles of Pharmacology with Research Methods; Analytical Science; Year 3 - Sandwich Year; Year 4 - Current Concepts in Biomolecular Science; Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics; Project/Dissertation (Bioscience); Advanced Analytical Science OR Chemotherapy of Infectious Disease and Neoplastic Disease

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Kingston University

Department:

Department of Biomolecular Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
Biochemistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Teaching and learning

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
67%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

59%
Library resources
64%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education
49%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Secretarial and related occupations
13%
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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biosciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Lower entry requirements
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