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University of Leicester

Biological Sciences (Biochemistry)

UCAS Code: C700
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128

% applicants receiving offers

81%

Subjects
  • Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry
Student score
91% HIGH
% employed or in further study
97% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£16k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB

Normally at least two A-Levels in relevant science subjects, from Biology (preferred), Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics. Applicants only taking one science subject will be considered on a case-by-case basis and would receive an offer of AAB.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Grades AABBB including two relevant science subjects from Biology (preferred), Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

Scottish Advanced Highers
ABB

Grades ABB from three Advanced Higher subjects, including two relevant science subjects from Biology (preferred), Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
DDD

International Baccalaureate
30

6 points in two relevant Higher Level Science subjects required from Biology (preferred), Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics. Applicants only taking one Higher level science subject will be considered on a case-by-case basis and would receive an offer of 32 points.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 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

£9,000

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

The University of Leicester is consistently ranked in the top 20 in national league tables and was in the top 1% of universities worldwide according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014â??15. Biosciences at Leicester was ranked 16 in the UK in the 2016 Guardian University Rankings. We are recognised for our research excellence, which spans the biosciences, but we take our teaching just as seriously and are proud of our consistently excellent scores in the National Student Survey (NSS). In 2015 95% of our students were satisfied with their course, with 100% satisfaction in Genetics and Zoology. We offer a range of flexible degree programmes designed to allow you to follow your interests, and our £4.5 million Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning continues to make a significant impact on the quality of our teaching. A degree in Medical Sciences offers you a wide range of career opportunities. Many of our graduates go on to further training for research or teaching careers in the biosciences, often on the MSc and PhD programmes at Leicester.

Modules

Year 1: Modules include: biochemistry; genetics; microbiology; physiology; animal; plant diversity; cell and developmental biology and environmental and evolutionary biology. Year 2 and 3: Modules include: experimental design, data handling analysis and presentation; bioethics.

University of Leicester

Fielding Johnson Building

Leicester boasts so many attributes it is impossible to list them all, but students choose to study here because Leicester feels like home the moment you set foot on campus. Our Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree where you can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject). Our Students' Union is home to the O2 Academy Leicester bringing great bands and club nights to our building! 
 

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
36%
64%

Year 1

31%
69%

Year 2

26%
74%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
68%
32%

Year 1

62%
38%

Year 2

77%
23%

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 98%
Student score 91% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

90%

Staff made the subject interesting

96%

Library resources are satisfactory

92%

Feedback on work has been helpful

76%

Feedback on work has been prompt

80%

Staff are good at explaining things

98%

Received sufficient advice and support

84%

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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
24% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
58% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
402 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
78% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% 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 97% HIGH
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

5%

Graduates who are caring personal services

10%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

10%

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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