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Our BSc Biochemistry (including foundation year) will be suitable for you if your academic qualifications do not yet meet our entrance requirements for the three-year version of this course and you want a programme that increases your subject knowledge as well as improves your academic skills to support your academic performance. This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year Zero), followed by a further three years of study. During your Year Zero, you study three academic subjects relevant to your chosen course as well as a compulsory academic skills module, with additional English language for non-English speakers. After successful completion of Year Zero in our Essex Pathways Department, you progress to complete your course with our School of Biological Sciences. At Essex, our BSc Biochemistry focuses on structure-function relationships of biomolecules which offers insight into the interactions that occur in the complex cellular pathways that control vision and cell death. Biochemistry considers molecular-level processes across a range of disciplines including genetics, microbiology, forensics and medicines. Because of this breadth, biochemistry is hugely important, and advanced in this field over the past 100 years have been staggering. It’s an exciting time to be part of this fascinating area of study.
Many of our courses offer a choice of optional modules to tailor your learning experience. More information about these can be found on the University of Essex website.
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How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
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|Campus name||Colchester Campus|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
|UCAS Tariff||72 points||To include 2 full A-levels (or equivalent), one of which must be in a Science or Mathematics.|
|A level||DDD||Including a science subject.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMP||In a science subject. Advice can be provided on an individual basis.|
|Access to HE Diploma||P: 45 credits||We will consider science based Access to Higher Education Diplomas. Advice can be provided on an individual basis.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||24 points||Including Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies grade 4 or above (if not taken at Higher Level). Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths. To include Maths and Science. One of these needs to be at Higher Level grade 3, and the other to be at least Standard Level grade 4. We will accept GCSE Maths or Science grade C/4 or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths or Science in place of Maths or Science Standard Level grade 4 in the IB Diploma. We are happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.|
All applicants must also hold GCSE Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). We may be able to consider a pass in Level 2 Functional Skills Maths where you cannot meet the requirements for Maths at GCSE level. However, you are advised to try to retake GCSE Mathematics if possible as this will better prepare you for university study and future employment. UK and EU applicants: All applications for degree courses with a foundation year (Year Zero) will be considered individually, whether you • think you might not have the grades to enter the first year of a degree course; • have non-traditional qualifications or experience (e.g. you haven’t studied A-levels or a BTEC); • are returning to university after some time away from education; or • are looking for more support during the transition into university study. Mature applicants and non-traditional academic backgrounds: We welcome applications from mature students (over 21) and students with non-traditional academic backgrounds (might not have gone on from school to take level 3 qualifications). We will consider your educational and employment history, along with your personal statement and reference, to gain a rounded view of your suitability for the course. You will still need to meet our GCSE requirements.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|