Aston University, Birmingham has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
Our four year BSc (Hons) 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 career prospects. 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, 2020).
- Top 10 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2020).
- Top 20 in the UK for students satisfied with teaching (Biosciences, The Guardian League Table, 2020).
Year 1 During your fist year you will develop a thorough understanding of the molecules and processes that underpin areas of biochemistry including; how biomolecules assemble into complex structures including cells, how genetic material is stored and inherited and fundamental microbiological concepts. In addition to studying topics such as biomolecules, cells to systems and molecular metabolism, you'll learn how to safely undertake laboratory work and receive training in key skills through our personal tutoring system. Year 2 In the second year, you will further your knowledge of topics that you studied in your first and continue to build on your key skills. You’ll cover topics such as the structure and function of biomolecules using fundamental chemistry, the role that cell signalling plays in life processes and learn how to apply fundamental biochemical concepts to experimental and real-world problems. Modules will include cell membranes, protein structure and function, as well as mechanisms of pathology. 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 Your final year will prepare you with the skills required to undertake a substantial original research project, including; how to critically review scientific literature, creating and testing hypotheses using appropriate methodologies and how to critically reflect on your own research. In addition you will have the opportunity to select from a range of advanced modules as well as further developing your professional skills ready for your first career step post-graduation. For more information, please visit our website.
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
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Please contact the University directly for further information on overseas scholarships.
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||BBB||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.|
|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).|
|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.|
|Scottish Higher||BBBBB||This must include Biology and Chemistry.|
|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)|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||31 points||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.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||Five GCSEs all at grade C/4 and must include Mathematics and English Language|
Admissions Review Process All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation. Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below. Find out more about our admissions policy. Applicant Visit Days Once you have received an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and Aston University.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|