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Keele University

Biochemistry and Chemistry

UCAS Code: CF71
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry
  • Chemistry
Student score
89% HIGH
90% HIGH
% employed or in further study
95% MED
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
£18k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB-ABC

A level Chemistry at grade B or above. A Pass in Science Practical will be required if applicant is taking A level Chemistry (England)

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
32

Chemistry higher level grade 6 OR Science Higher level grade 6 and Chemistry standard level grade 5

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Biochemistry is the science that studies the activities of living organisms at the cellular and molecular level. It is a key science in medical research and diagnosis, and has led to many important advances in the treatment of human disease. A degree in Biochemistry is the first step towards a wide variety of careers in the pharmaceutical and food industries, in the hospital service, and in many aspects of biological and medical research. There is particular emphasis on mammalian biochemistry and human disease and integrated coverage of molecular biology. There is an opportunity to study abroad at a range of partners in the USA, Canada, Europe or Australia, or have a sandwich year. The sandwich year can be spent working in one of 16 laboratories at European institutions, including the Pasteur Institute. ERASMUS funding is available for these placements. Chemistry is the central science, disciplined in its experimental approach, highly creative and imaginative in its thinking, and life-enhancing in its impact. The contribution of Chemistry to our modern technological world ranges from the silicon wafers that drive your PC and the high-tech, high-spec materials used on the Space Shuttle, to the life-saving drugs that are an integral part of modern medicine. This wide diversity of Chemistry is reflected both in the teaching and research within Chemistry at Keele. The course structure encourages an integrated approach and many aspects are taught in context using real-world examples. The practical classes offer training and experience in a variety of practical and modern instrumental techniques combined with the processing and analysis of experimental data.

Modules

Keele University

Student concourse

Known as 'the Bubble', Keele University offers a special student experience as it's uniquely friendly and close-knit. Renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, our graduates obtain some of the best academic and employment success rates in the UK. The campus is made up of 600 acres of landscaped parkland, fields, woodlands and lakes and has a large resident squirrel population!

How you'll spend your time

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What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 97%
Student score 89% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

90%

Staff made the subject interesting

97%

Library resources are satisfactory

94%

Feedback on work has been helpful

68%

Feedback on work has been prompt

77%

Staff are good at explaining things

94%

Received sufficient advice and support

80%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
10% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
48% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
351 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
65% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

8%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

19%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Like some other biology-related courses, graduates of this subject had a difficult time in the recession and, although outcomes for these graduates appear to be improving, they are currently a bit worse than we would usually expect. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications, but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot of options. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are rather more likely than the average to start their career in London.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 100%
Student score 90% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

96%

Library resources are satisfactory

84%

Feedback on work has been helpful

91%

Feedback on work has been prompt

91%

Staff are good at explaining things

95%

Received sufficient advice and support

91%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
10% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
45% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
321 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
58% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £18k LOW
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

8%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

8%

Graduates who are food preparation and hospitality trades

4%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The number of students taking chemistry courses hasn't changed much in the last ten years, even as numbers in most other subjects have risen, and it's felt the UK has a shortage of chemistry grads overall. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs. But many industries, from the food industry to teaching, need chemistry graduates, and they're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills – anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. The recession hasn't been too kind to chemists, and current problems, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), mean that the stats are probably a little worse than we'd normally expect – they should improve over the next few years.
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