Aston University, Birmingham

Biochemistry Aston University, Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate


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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.

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

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C700
Institution code A80
Campus name Main 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

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB ABB including Biology and Chemistry, including passing the practical elements of both A Levels.

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 a maximum of one set of resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications. However, if you have had more than one attempt at improving your grades, your application will be considered on an individual basis and we reserve to make an amended (higher) offer, or not make an offer.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*DD Plus A Level Biology or Chemistry at grade C

We welcome applications from students who have taken BTEC qualifications as a first option and who achieved five or more GCSEs (including Maths and English) at grade C or above.You must also meet the additional A Level requirements listed above.

We do not consider applications from students who are unsuccessful in obtaining the required number and/or standard of A Levels for admission to our programmes and subsequently embark on a BTEC as a second option. Instead we would encourage you to resit your A-levels (see our resit policy in A Levels section).

All BTEC students taking A Levels will also need to pass the practical element of their A Levels.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
Access to Science for mature students (21+) considered on an individual basis.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 6.5 overall to include a minimum of 6.0 in each area.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £17,550 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

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students.

Provider information

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Aston University, Birmingham
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

Course contact details

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LHS Undergraduate Admissions Office

+44 (0)121 204 3302