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University of Sussex

Biochemistry

UCAS Code: C700

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

A-levels must include both Biology (or Human Biology) and Chemistry. You will also normally need to pass the separate science practical assessment in at least one of Biology or Chemistry. If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21,P:0

You will need substantial amounts of Level 3 credit in both Biology and Chemistry or will need to have taken A-levels in these subjects in addition to the Access to HE Diploma. You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact Admissions at ug.applicants@sussex.ac.uk

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

This score should be from the full IB Diploma. You will need Higher Levels in both Biology and Chemistry, with at least grade 5 in each.

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

DDD

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma will need to be in Applied Science and you will need to have opted for substantial numbers of modules in both Biology and Chemistry related topics. You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

Highers must include both Biology and Chemistry, with at least grade B in each. Ideally, you will also have both these sciences as Advanced Highers. Evidence of existing academic ability in Mathematics and English is essential.

UCAS Tariff

128-147

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

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

In the School of Life Sciences at Sussex, you'll learn from some of the worlds leading biochemists.This means you can choose from a range of modules based on the latest research in topics such as molecular biology and drug discovery.

Modules

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Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Sussex

Department:

Biochemistry and molecular biology

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.

78%
low
Molecular biology, biophysics and 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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

92%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Public services and other associate professionals
10%
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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