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University of East London

Biochemistry and Biotechnology (with Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: CK47

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

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64
80%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Biotechnology

Biochemistry

This new extended course is perfect if you want to study for a degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology but you don’t have the standard qualifications.
First we prepare you for your degree during your Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.
Biochemistry and Biotechnology is one of the fastest-growing and most fascinating areas of human knowledge. You’ll be taught by - and also get the chance to assist - brilliant scientists who are involved in groundbreaking research and new discoveries.
Increasingly, biochemists are playing a crucial role in genetic engineering and molecular bioengineering, as well as other areas of physiology and medicine.

Modules

FOUNDATION YEAR: Academic & Communication Skills (core) Essential Maths & ICT (core) Human Biology (core) Chemistry of Life (core)

YEAR 1 Biochemistry (core) Cell Biology (core) Essential Chemistry (core) Human Anatomy and Physiology (core)

YEAR 2 Biology of Disease (core) Cellular Biochemistry (core) Immunity (core) Molecular Genetics (core) Physiological Regulation (core)

YEAR 3 Advances in Biotechnology and Biochemistry (core) DNA Analysis and Bioinformatics (core) Research Project (core) Natural Products and drug design (optional) Clinical Biochemistry (optional)

Assessment methods

Assessment consists of a mixture of coursework, presentations, class tests and written exams. Laboratory practicals may be assessed in various forms including reports and quizzes. Continuous assessment in workshop activities is employed in some modules where active participation in individual and group work may form a major part of the module teaching. ECDL (European Computer Driving License) is the medium of instruction for the IT training on the module “Essential Maths and ICT”, and it leads to an internationally recognised Certificate. The IT component of the module is delivered online and supported by workshop sessions.
To pass the level 3 programme and progress on to your chosen degree programme, all modules must be passed.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,100
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Stratford Campus

Department:

School of Health, Sport and Bioscience (HSB)

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Engineering and technology

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

Biosciences

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
44%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
D

After graduation


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Biotechnology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
med
Average annual salary
85%
low
Employed or in further education
95%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

52%
Engineering professionals
13%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
4%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a new and emerging field of technology and not many people completed degrees in biotechnology last year — it’s more common as a Masters degree. Further study is common for graduates as research jobs usually require a postgraduate qualification. Those who do go straight into work typically go into a range of biology and lab jobs in several different industries, but a good grade can be particularly important for this qualification, so bear that in mind.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Sports and fitness occupations
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Around 2,500 graduates got degrees in this demanding but valuable subject last year. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications - over a third of graduates in the subject took this option - but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot to choose from. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, as well as in education, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are particularly likely to get jobs in London and the South East.

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