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BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2017
Ucas points guide

144

% applicants receiving offers

81%

Subjects
  • Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry
Student score
79% LOW
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£21k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAA

AAA including Chemistry and at least one other science subject or Mathematics. Chemistry and (Any Science subject or Mathematics).

Scottish Highers
AAAAB

AAAAB including Chemistry and at least one other science subject or Mathematics Chemistry and (Any Science subject or Mathematics).

Scottish Advanced Highers
AA

AA in Chemistry and another science subject or Mathematics Chemistry and (Any Science subject or Mathematics).

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
DDD

DDD in Applied Science plus A-level grade A in Chemistry

International Baccalaureate
36

36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in Chemistry and either Mathematics or another science subject at Higher Level.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144 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

81%

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

Not available

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 a scientific discipline with the ultimate aim of understanding life's processes at a molecular level. Broadly, it encompasses: the chemical nature and structure of biological molecules and how they interact with each other; complex cellular reactions and the generation of energy to power cellular activity; communication and co-ordination within and between cells; the replication, expression and repair of genetic material. Our teaching at Bristol is informed by a wealth of wide-ranging and cutting edge research ensuring our undergraduate students receive rigorous and relevant tuition. The school's research groups investigate some of the major challenges in modern biochemistry using problem solving approaches, ranging from a detailed examination of biological processes at the level of single molecules, to exploring the complex organisation of cells and whole organisms. International students who are offered a place on courses within the School of Biochemistry can apply for an Undergraduate International Scholarship.

Modules

University of Bristol

Inside one of the campus buildings

The University of Bristol is world-renowned with a reputation for academic excellence and has a vibrant student community that's passionate about everything from volunteering to hot air ballooning. Come to Bristol to earn a brilliant degree, develop interests and make life-long friends. It's easy to get involved: our students take part in 192 societies and 52 sports clubs.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
26%
74%

Year 1

23%
77%

Year 2

28%
72%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
79%
11%
10%

Year 1

78%
18%
4%

Year 2

78%
16%
6%

Year 3

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 86%
Student score 79% LOW
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

79%

Library resources are satisfactory

77%

Feedback on work has been helpful

53%

Feedback on work has been prompt

71%

Staff are good at explaining things

91%

Received sufficient advice and support

77%

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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
17% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
57% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
511 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
87% 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 95% MED
Average graduate salary £21k HIGH
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

7%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

7%

Graduates who are welfare and housing associate professionals

5%

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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