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What A-levels do you need to study biochemistry?

If you're planning to study biochemistry at university, make sure your A-level line-up keeps your options on track when it comes to applying to the degree courses…

If you want to study biochemistry, then it’s crucial that you pick the right A-levels. Chemistry is a must-have subject wherever you plan to study, but there are certain other ‘essentials’ depending on the course you apply to.

Taking chemistry, biology and either maths or physics (or both) will keep all biochemistry courses open to you. 

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Chemistry and often one from biology, maths or physics.

Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Biology.
  • Maths.
  • Physics.
Take a look at individual biochemistry courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects biochemistry students studied before attending their degree course.

Similar subject areas… 

  • Biomedical sciences.
  • Chemistry.
  • Biological sciences.
Even similar subjects may have different A-level requirements to biochemistry, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before you finalise your choices.
 

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