Sheffield Hallam University

Biochemistry with Foundation Year Sheffield Hallam University Degree level: Undergraduate


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  • Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology.

  • Attain key knowledge and practical experience of molecular, biochemical and analytical science.

  • Study in award-winning laboratory facilities.

  • Gain real-world experience of biochemistry with year-long or summer placement opportunities.

  • Transfer to an MSci degree route for a year of practical research training, and improve the prospects of research-based employment.

  • Grow and excel in this rewarding field, and graduate as an employable, experienced biochemist.

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, this course provides you with a balanced, well-rounded education and hands-on practical training in biochemistry. You gain a deep understanding of the subject through industry placements and extensive lab work.

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Biochemistry course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other biosciences and chemistry foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

You'll undertake comprehensive training in the latest biochemical and analytical methods, using industry-standard equipment within our world class teaching laboratories. You gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of biochemistry from a theoretical perspective, and undertake relevant work placements and mini research projects.

The quality of our teaching is evidenced through many course lecturers winning the University's Inspirational Teaching Awards multiple times and three receiving the Vice Chancellor's Inspirational Teaching Awards for their outstanding contributions.

You learn through

  • lectures and workshops

  • laboratory work

  • research projects

  • industry placements

  • oral presentations

  • development of lab posters

In the foundation year, you’ll attain the academic and practical skills required for level 4 study. You’ll build your confidence in biology, chemistry and maths, and apply your theoretical knowledge in practical lab sessions. You’ll also familiarise yourself with Sheffield Hallam’s staff and facilities —ensuring that you’re fully prepared to begin as an undergraduate.

Applied learning
Work placements

You can apply your knowledge and skills in the workplace by applying for a work placement in year four. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and professional skills that can give you a significant advantage at the start of your career. If you are unable to commit to a year, it is also possible to work for a shorter amount of time during a summer placement. These shorter placements can still contribute to your degree.

By securing a placement with one of our industry partners, you ensure that you enter the jobs market with a CV that attracts employer attention. You can apply for placements in companies such as Reckitt Benckiser, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute or in research laboratories, universities and hospitals.

If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Research projects

Working alongside research active staff you will have the opportunity to combine the skills and knowledge that you have gained during your degree to undertake a final year research project. This is usually completed in our laboratories at the University. It may also be possible to undertake your project at your placement organisation.

Networking opportunities

On top of your industry placement, the course has excellent links to the industry and its alumni, allowing you ample opportunity for networking.

Course details


The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Biology: Cells And Molecules 20 credits
Biology: Organs And Systems 20 credits
Chemistry: Atoms To Molecules 20 credits
Chemistry: Energy And Reactions 20 credits
Maths 20 credits
Skills Development 20 credits
Year 2
Compulsory modules
Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology 20 credits
Fundamentals Of Organic Chemistry 20 credits
Human Physiology And Anatomy 20 credits
Principles Of Chemistry And Analytical Science 20 credits
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs 20 credits
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills 20 credits
Year 3
Compulsory modules
Analytical And Bioanalytical Science 20 credits
Molecular Biology And Biochemistry 20 credits
Professional And Scientific Practice 2 40 credits
Topics In Biochemistry 20 credits
Elective modules
Advanced Cell Biology 20 credits
Organic And Biological Chemistry 20 credits
Year 4
Compulsory modules
Professional And Scientific Practice 3 20 credits
Final year
Compulsory modules
Advanced Analytical Science 20 credits
Applied Biochemistry 20 credits
Research Project 40 credits
Elective modules
Bioethics And Bioinformatics 20 credits
Bioethics And Human Genetics 20 credits
Bioinformatics And Human Genetics 20 credits
Medicinal Chemistry And Drug Discovery 20 credits
Pharmacology 20 credits

Assessment method

  • Coursework
  • Examinations

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Royal Society of Biology

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points From A levels including at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept General Studies. For example:

CC at A Level
MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.
Access to HE Diploma P: 45 credits Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in a science based subject. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent
Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent
Science at grade C or 4

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English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 Score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,650 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

Provider information

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Sheffield Hallam University
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Howard Street
S1 1WB

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