Biochemistry at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS


Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Course summary

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Our four year BSc Biochemistry course with integrated placement year focuses on the study of life at the molecular level. You will explore the way that molecules are synthesised, regulated and interact to give rise to highly complex organisms. Biochemistry lies at the interface of the life and physical sciences and is therefore applicable to a wide range of fields such as medicine, pharmaceutics and biotechnology. The course is designed to equip you with the key laboratory, analytical, computational and communication skills necessary to succeed in this field. You will study though a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions with a compulsory integrated placement year designed to give you further experience and enhance your employability. Upon completion of the course you will meet the rising demand for qualified biochemists within the UK and across the world. Our graduates are equipped for a wide range of professional careers in both the public and private sectors including research and development, scientific communication, patent law, and sales and management. Many graduates will undertake further postgraduate study. Key course benefits:

  • Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2019)
  • Top 15 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2019)

Course details


Year 1 Study topics such as microbiology, cell biology, genetics, biological chemistry, metabolism and biomolecules. Receive training in key skills through our personal tutoring system. Year 2 Continue to build your key skills and integrate the knowledge you gain across topics such as applied and industrial biochemistry, cell membranes and energy generation, immunology, molecular biology and protein structure and function. Placement year The placement year is an opportunity for you to set your studies in context, boost your employability and gain experience by taking a placement in the UK or abroad. Placements could take place in hospital, industrial or research laboratories, as well as non-laboratory settings. Final year Undertake an individual original research project and study topics such as biotechnology, molecular medicine, bioethics, biological membranes and advanced cell signalling. For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Assessment method

You will encounter a variety of learning opportunities, including Lectures Practical sessions Interactive workshops and tutorials Group work Self-study courses You will be continuously assessed throughout the course. A wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes are used, including examinations (unseen essay, short answer or multiple choice questions), essays, presentations, laboratory reports, project work and computer based assessment

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How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeC700
Institution code A80
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Please contact the University directly for further information on overseas scholarships.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB - BBB ABB - BBB in three A levels subjects which must include Biology and Chemistry 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. A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced. 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.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD Plus A Level Biology and Chemistry at grade B If this BTEC is being taken in Applied Science you must achieve a grade B in A Level Chemistry
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits M: 15 credits Subjects Accepted: Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Biosciences, Combined Sciences, Health Sciences, Health Sciences Professions, Life Sciences and Sciences.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD With this BTEC you must also achieve a grade BB in both Biology AND Chemistry. We can accept any subjects in the BTEC. If this BTEC is being taken in Applied Science you must achieve a grade B in A Level Chemistry OR Biology
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. We can accept any subjects in the BTEC.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 - 31 points 32 – 31 Overall (HL 5, 5, 5 must include Biology and Chemistry)
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Five GCSEs all at grade C/4 and must include Mathematics and English Language

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £18500 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students.
Biochemistry at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS