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University of Surrey

Biochemistry

UCAS Code: C702

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

Overall: ABB - BBB We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers. Required subjects: Chemistry or Biology and a second science or Mathematics. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass. GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4). Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application.

Overall: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including between: 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit - 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit Required subjects: This must include 15 credits in Chemistry or Biology and 15 credits in a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4). Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4). Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Overall: 32 Required subjects: HL5/SL6 in Chemistry or Biology and a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: English and Maths HL4/SL4. Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

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

DDD-DDM

Overall: DDD - DDM in Applied Science (please contact us if you are taking a different BTEC). GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4). Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B-B,B,B

Overall: ABB - BBB Required subjects: Chemistry or Biology and a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: Scottish National 5: English Language - C Scottish National 5: Maths - C Applicants must have achieved the Scottish national grades at the time of making their application.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B-A,B,B,B,B


Overall: AABBB - ABBBB Required subjects: Chemistry or Biology and a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: Scottish National 5: English Language - C Scottish National 5: Maths - C Applicants must have achieved the Scottish national grades at the time of making their application.

Overall: Pass overall with ABB - BBB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. Required subjects: Chemistry or Biology and a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

UCAS Tariff

120-152

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Biochemistry

**Why choose this course**
Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for biological sciences with our courses ranked 10th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019. We were also ranked 4th for overall student satisfaction in biochemistry, molecular biology, and biophysics in the National Student Survey 2018.

The School of Biosciences and Medicine is home to a vibrant research community and an innovative teaching and learning environment, with students also having access to our multimillion pound Innovation for Health learning laboratories.

Find out more about the reasons to study BSc/MSci Biochemistry at Surrey.

**What you will study**
Biochemistry is the study of the fundamental processes of life at the cellular level. It deals with fascinating subjects such as metabolism, molecular biology, neuroscience, pharmacology and sleep.

As a BSc or MSci Biochemistry student, you’ll gain extensive practical skills in our internationally-renowned, research-oriented environment that will prepare you to work at the forefront of developments in this exciting field.

This course will give you a sound and broad background in biochemistry, providing opportunities to familiarise yourself with contemporary biochemical methodology and sample some of its most intriguing applications.

Modules

To see the full range of modules for this course please visit our website – the link is under the Course contact details, to the right. You will also find full details of the programme, including programme structure, assessment methods, contact hours and Graduate prospects.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Surrey

Department:

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (FHMS)

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

90%
high
Biochemistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Teaching and learning

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

100%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
85%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
9%
Health associate professionals
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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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