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Biochemistry

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Overall: BBB We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers. Required subjects: Chemistry or Biology and a second science or Mathematics. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Access to HE Diploma

D:27,M:18

Overall: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit. Required subjects: This must include 15 credits in Chemistry or Biology and 15 credits in a second science or Mathematics.

Extended Project

A

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English and Mathematics grade C (4) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Overall: 32 Required subjects: HL5/SL6 in Chemistry or Biology and a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: English, HL4/SL4 (including MYP). Maths, HL4/SL4 (including MYP). Maths Studies, SL4. Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

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

DDM

Overall: DDM in Applied Science (please contact us if you are taking a different BTEC).

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

Overall: BBB Required subjects: Chemistry or Biology and a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: Scottish National 5: English Language - C Scottish National 5: Maths - C Applicants must have achieved the Scottish national grades at the time of making their application.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

Overall: ABBBB Required subjects: Chemistry or Biology and a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: Scottish National 5: English Language - C Scottish National 5: Maths - C Applicants must have achieved the Scottish national grades at the time of making their application.

Overall: Pass overall with BBB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. Required subjects: Chemistry or Biology and a second science or Mathematics.

UCAS Tariff

120-144

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About this course


Course option

5.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Biochemistry

**Why choose this course**
- Study a research-led curriculum that explores the fundamental processes of life at a cellular level, from simple existence to the coordination of billions of living cells, finding the answers to everyday questions like ‘Why do we feel ill after getting a flu jab?’

- Be taught by research-active biochemists who have expertise in genetic engineering, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, toxicology and more.

- Gain industry experience through our Professional Training placements and work for pharmaceutical organisations, food suppliers, hospitals and biotechnology companies.

- Complete an integrated masters and a laboratory-based dissertation, exploring topics like antibody class switching in B cells and neurodegenerative diseases, in preparation for a technical research career in industry or academia.

- Get the academic and laboratory experience needed to be eligible to apply for associate membership with the Royal Society of Biology, once you’ve successfully completed the course.

**What you will study**
Biochemistry is at the heart of life and the explanation of all life processes. Both health and disease, and ageing and development are complex biochemical processes. By understanding more about these, we can generate more effective ways to help humanity. During the course, you’ll find answers to some everyday questions like:

- How can we protect ourselves from ultraviolet light?

- Is there a scientific basis to aphrodisiacs?

- Why do we feel ill after getting a flu jab?

- Why do we love chocolate?

As a biochemist, you’ll play a crucial role in the development of new treatments for a range of diseases, including cancer, studying the chemical and physical principles of living things and biological processes.

During your first two years, you’ll develop a broad understanding of biochemistry, with opportunities to familiarise yourself with contemporary biochemical methodology and sample some of its most intriguing applications. You’ll choose a range of optional modules in bacteriology, biodiversity, neuroscience and virology.

In your third year, you’ll build on your biochemistry knowledge and select five optional modules, exploring topics such as genetics, immunology, pharmacology, systems biology and toxicology. You’ll also complete a research project, bringing together all the practical, analytical, and presentation skills you’ve developed.

Modules

To see the full range of modules for this course please visit our website – the link is under the Course contact details. You will also find full details of the programme, including programme structure, assessment methods, contact hours and Graduate prospects.

Extra funding

Applicants who require a Student Visa to study in the UK:
To apply for a Student Visa, students must have a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) for the University they wish to study at. This is a unique number which will enable students to apply for their visa. The University is under no legal obligation to sponsor any individual and exercises caution with respect to issuing a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to not risk its status as a Student sponsor.

Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) will issued in accordance with the Visa Sponsorship and CAS Issuing Policy, available at: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/policies

The Uni


Course location:

Stag Hill

Department:

FHMS - School of Biosciences and Medicine

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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.

81%
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

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

79%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
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?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
0%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

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.

£22,000
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Average annual salary
94%
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Employed or in further education
59%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
9%
Health associate professionals
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

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.

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

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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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