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University of Manchester

Biochemistry with a Modern Language

UCAS Code: C705

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,B,B

We require grades AAA-ABB, including two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths (“the Hard Sciences”). You must have a grade A in at least one Hard Science and pass the practical assessments in these subjects. If your grades are AAB or higher, we will accept a grade A in Geography, Psychology, Environmental Studies or PE in place of one of the Hard Sciences. Subjects with overlapping content are not normally considered as separate A-levels, eg Further Maths is not considered alongside Maths and Human Biology is not considered alongside Biology. General Studies is welcomed but not normally included as part of the offer. Your offer will be based on the above criteria as well as your predicted grades and past performance. In addition to the above, each language has specific entry requirements. French: an A-level in French (grade B) or equivalent is required. German: an A-level in German (grade B) or equivalent is required. Spanish: an A-level in Spanish (grade B) or equivalent is required. Italian: an A-level in Italian (grade B) or equivalent is required. Japanese: no prior knowledge of Japanese is assumed, but evidence of linguistic proficiency is required (eg GCSE A* in a foreign language). Chemistry AS-level (grade B) is essential. If you do not have AS-level Chemistry, we would require a full A-level in Chemistry (normally grade B). Mandarin: no prior knowledge of Mandarin is assumed, but evidence of linguistic proficiency is required (eg GCSE A* in a foreign language). Chemistry AS-level (grade B) is essential. If you do not have AS-level Chemistry, we would require a full A-level in Chemistry (normally grade B).

Access to HE Diploma

D:45

Each application is considered individually. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their particular circumstances. In general, we require 60 credits overall, with 45 at level 3. The level 3 units must be made up of 15 credits in Biology with a Distinction grade, 15 credits in Chemistry with a Distinction grade and a further 15 credits with Distinction. We will also consider applications from applicants whose course has allowed only 12 credits at Level 3 in Biology, with the remaining three credits at Level 3 with Distinction in Chemistry, Physics or Maths. We also have specific entry requirements for each language. Please contact us for further information.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

B

We require AA-AB in two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry, at A-level and a pass in the practical assessments if applicable, plus a pass in the core component at grade B or above in Welsh Baccalaureate. Due to the additional language requirements for this course, the only languages that may be available are Mandarin and Japanese. Please contact us for further information.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

D3,D3,D3-D3,M1,M1

We require D3,D3,D3 to D3, M1, M1 in the Cambridge Pre-U, including two sciences. You must have a D3 in one of the science subjects. The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. However, the qualification will not form part of your offer conditions. For French, Spanish, Italian and German, you must achieve M1 in your chosen language. Applicants with an acceptable qualification in a foreign language can be also be considered for Mandarin and Japanese. Please contact us for further information.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

We require a minimum of grade C (or 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England) in English Language and Mathematics. Applied GCSE Mathematics courses (eg WJEC Mathematics - Numeracy) cannot be accepted as an alternative to GCSE Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-37

37-32 points overall with 6,6,6 to 6,5,5 at Higher Level including two sciences, normally Biology and Chemistry. For degrees with French, German, Spanish or Italian, 5 or 6 points in the language must be achieved at Higher Level. For degrees with Mandarin or Japanese, 5 points is required in a foreign language at Standard Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H1,H1,H1,H1,H2

We accept A2, A2, A2, A2, B1 to A2, A2, B2, B2, B2 with an A in Chemistry and an A in one other science subject, normally Biology. For degrees with French, German, Spanish or Italian, we require a minimum of grade B2 (pre-2017) or grade H3 (2017 onwards) in the language. For degrees with Japanese or Mandarin, no prior knowledge of the language is assumed, but evidence of linguistic proficiency is required (eg equivalent to GCSE A* in a foreign language).

Only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

Only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

Only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

Only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

The following qualification is only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

The following qualification is only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

The following qualification is only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required):

The following qualification is only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B-B,B,B

We require AAB-BBB including two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry. In addition to the above, each language has specific entry requirements. French: an A-level in French (grade B) or equivalent is required. German: an A-level in German (grade B) or equivalent is required. Spanish: an A-level in Spanish (grade B) or equivalent is required. Italian: an A-level in Italian (grade B) or equivalent is required. Japanese: no prior knowledge of Japanese is assumed, but evidence of linguistic proficiency is required (eg GCSE A* in a foreign language). Chemistry AS-level (grade B) is essential. If you do not have AS-level Chemistry, we would require a full A-level in Chemistry (normally grade B). Mandarin: no prior knowledge of Mandarin is assumed, but evidence of linguistic proficiency is required (eg GCSE A* in a foreign language). Chemistry AS-level (grade B) is essential. If you do not have AS-level Chemistry, we would require a full A-level in Chemistry (normally grade B).

We do not accept Scottish Highers on their own. They are only accepted in combination with Advanced Highers. Two Scottish Highers at grades BB or higher are acceptable in place of the third non-science Advanced Higher subject. Applicants with Scottish Highers only may be considered for the foundation year.

UCAS Tariff

128-160

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75%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Others in language and area studies

Our BSc Biochemistry with a Modern Language course will enable you to develop your language skills while studying a subject that forms the basis of virtually all of the biological sciences.

Many exciting discoveries made in this area have contributed to our understanding of life, the solving of medical problems, and to the discovery and production of safe and effective drugs.

You will learn about topics such as the structure of biomolecules, and how they interact in essential processes and pathways in our cells.

You will also study the actions of enzymes, and how they can be inhibited by drugs, as well as genetic engineering and molecular biology.

We offer French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin for the language component of the course, which includes a year abroad on a research placement.

Our course has Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology , which recognises academic excellence in the biosciences and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£22,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below.
Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2018/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

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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?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate
446

Others in language and area studies

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?

57%
UK students
43%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate
455

After graduation


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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.

95%
med
Employed or in further education
78%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Natural and social science professionals
10%
Science, engineering and production technicians
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.

Others in language and area studies

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.

94%
med
Employed or in further education
41%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Public services and other associate professionals
7%
Leisure and travel services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a small, general category covering several different subject areas - so bear that in mind when you look at any stats. The most common courses covered here are in translation, with just 55 students graduating in translation degrees in 2015. The arts were the most likely job sector for graduates from these courses, but it's a good idea to go to university open days to ask tutors more specific questions about what previous graduates typically went on to do with their degree.

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