BSc Biochemistry (C700)

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UCAS code C700
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 110 overall for Single Honours Biochemistry courses
Intercalation This course is available for intercalation

About BSc Biochemistry

BSc Biochemistry covers all the major aspects of biochemistry in detail and will give you a thorough understanding of the latest developments in the subject. 

In the first year you will study biochemistry and biological chemistry. You will also have a wide choice of additional subjects including anatomy, cellular pathology, mathematics, microbiology, pharmacology and physiology.

As a second year student you will study biochemistry and molecular genetics as well as a range of other biomedical science units. You will also receive training in transferable and employability skills. 

There is a strong emphasis on the development of practical and research skills throughout the first two years. This will prepare you for your final year when you will undertake a research project of your own as well as studying topics including advanced biochemistry and cell biology.

This course is available for intercalation.

More about Biochemistry

Find out more about studying Biochemistry at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Biochemistry 1
  • Biological Chemistry
  • One of the following options:
    • Anatomical Science
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Microbiology
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Physics
    • Physiology

Second year

  • Biochemistry 2: Macromolecular Structure, Dynamics and Function plus Molecular Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics: Recombinant DNA Technology plus Gene Expression and Rearrangement
  • Biomedical Research, Employability and Enterprise Skills
  • One of the following options:
    • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
    • Infection and Immunity
    • Mathematics
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology
    • Other subjects, such as language units, may also be taken with the agreement of the department

Third year

You will cover a wide range of topics at an advanced level, with the emphasis on current developments. You will study the following lecture-based units:

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • The Dynamic Proteome
  • Cellular Information
  • Advanced Options in Biochemistry.

You will also study the Core Skills unit which includes two pieces of independent project work: the practical project and the literary project.

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Typical offer for BSc Biochemistry - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
AAA including Chemistry and at least one other science subject or Mathematics
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including Chemistry and at least one other science subject or Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in Chemistry and either Mathematics or another science subject at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 5 in any order in Chemistry and either Mathematics or another science subject at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with 30 credits at Distinction, including at least 12 credits in Chemistry and 12 credits in one other science or Mathematics, and 15 credits at Merit. Higher Mathematics is recommended, and is required for those without GCSE Mathematics at A or A*.
BTEC offer DDD in Applied Science plus A-level grade A in Chemistry
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB including Chemistry and at least one other science subject or Mathematics, and AH: AA in Chemistry and another science subject or Mathematics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall with 8.5 in Chemistry and 8.5 in one other science or Mathematics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

Accepted science subjects are: Physics, Biology, Human Biology, Mathematics or Further Mathematics

Applicants must also meet these requirements

Subjects required at GCSE or equivalentGrade A in Mathematics or Grade C in AS-level Mathematics or Physics, plus C in English Language. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

How we assess your application

Admissions statements and policies for 2018 entry will be published in summer 2017. Statements and policies for 2017 entry are available for information:

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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