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What A-levels do you need to study biochemistry?

Calling all future scientists! We’ve done the research to help you with what subjects to take if you're serious about studying biochemistry at uni. 

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 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.

A-level subjects for biochemistry

What A-level subjects are needed or essential for biochemistry?  

  • chemistry and often one from biology, maths or physics.
Find out more about university entry requirements.


What A-levels are useful for biochemistry?

  • 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.


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    Examples of biochemistry degree requirements

    Below are a range of Bachelor of science (with Honours) courses offered by different universities and the A-level entry requirements they ask for (as of 12 April 2018):

    University of Surrey: ‘Overall: ABB. We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers. Required subjects: Chemistry or Biology and a second science or Mathematics. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass. GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4). Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application..’

    Cardiff University: 'A,A,A. To include Biology or Chemistry and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. For applicants taking Science A-Levels with an English exam board, a pass in the separate practical element will be required.’

    University of Wolverhampton: 'C,D,D’


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    Other similar degree subjects

    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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