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Year of Entry 2020/21
BSc (Honours)

Biochemistry with Foundation Year

Gain a degree in biochemistry, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year ††
International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 64 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A045
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology.
  • Attain key knowledge and practical experience of molecular, biochemical and analytical science.
  • Study in award-winning laboratory facilities.
  • Gain real-world experience of biochemistry with year-long or summer placement opportunities.
  • Transfer to an MSci degree route for a year of practical research training, and improve the prospects of research-based employment.
  • Grow and excel in this rewarding field, and graduate as an employable, experienced biochemist.

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, this course provides you with a balanced, well-rounded education and hands-on practical training in biochemistry. You gain a deep understanding of the subject through industry placements and extensive lab work.

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Biochemistry course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other biosciences and chemistry foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

You'll undertake comprehensive training in the latest biochemical and analytical methods, using industry-standard equipment within our world class teaching laboratories. You gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of biochemistry from a theoretical perspective, and undertake relevant work placements and mini research projects.

The quality of our teaching is evidenced through many course lecturers winning the University's Inspirational Teaching Awards multiple times and three receiving the Vice Chancellor's Inspirational Teaching Awards for their outstanding contributions.

You learn through

  • lectures and workshops
  • laboratory work
  • research projects
  • industry placements
  • oral presentations
  • development of lab posters

In the foundation year, you’ll attain the academic and practical skills required for level 4 study. You’ll build your confidence in biology, chemistry and maths, and apply your theoretical knowledge in practical lab sessions. You’ll also familiarise yourself with Sheffield Hallam’s staff and facilities —ensuring that you’re fully prepared to begin as an undergraduate.

Course leaders and tutors

Nikki Jordan-Mahy
Nikki Jordan-Mahy
BSc/MSci Biochemistry Course Leader and Senior Lecturer

Nikki Jordan-Mahy is the BSc/MSci Biochemistry Course Leaders and Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a graduate of Royal Holloway and Bedford New … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You can apply your knowledge and skills in the workplace by applying for a work placement in year four. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and professional skills that can give you a significant advantage at the start of your career. If you are unable to commit to a year, it is also possible to work for a shorter amount of time during a summer placement. These shorter placements can still contribute to your degree.

By securing a placement with one of our industry partners, you ensure that you enter the jobs market with a CV that attracts employer attention. You can apply for placements in companies such as Reckitt Benckiser, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute or in research laboratories, universities and hospitals.

If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Research projects

Working alongside research active staff you will have the opportunity to combine the skills and knowledge that you have gained during your degree to undertake a final year research project. This is usually completed in our laboratories at the University. It may also be possible to undertake your project at your placement organisation.

Networking opportunities

On top of your industry placement, the course has excellent links to the industry and its alumni, allowing you ample opportunity for networking.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • research and PhD training
  • analysis
  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • biotechnology and analytical science
  • university or hospital laboratories
  • further study
  • teaching

Previous graduates of BSc (Honours) Biochemistry have found jobs as

  • senior study scientist in the Biological Immunoassay Department at Huntington Life Science, Cambridge
  • graduate scientific role at stem cell production company Future Health
  • food biochemist at Marks & Spencer
  • analytical scientists at Covance and Reckitt Benkiser

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • nuclear magnetic resonance spectrophotometer
  • state-of-the-art mass spectrometry equipment
  • cell culture suites consisting of laminar flow hoods and incubators
  • an extensive range of analytical equipment, such as HPLC and GC
  • real-time PCR equipment for quantitative analysis of nucleic acids
  • high-powered fluorescent and confocal microscopes for cell and tissue analysis

Our cell culture suite won an S-lab award for the best refurbished laboratory in 2011. The S-lab scheme is sponsored by highly regarded scientific organisations including the national HE-STEM programme, the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry.


Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 64

From A levels including at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept General Studies. For example:

  • CC at A Level
  • MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in a science based subject. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent
  • Science at grade C or 4

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

If you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Biology: Cells And Molecules Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Biology: Organs And Systems Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Chemistry: Atoms To Molecules Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Chemistry: Energy And Reactions Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Maths Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Skills Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Fundamentals Of Organic Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Human Physiology And Anatomy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Principles Of Chemistry And Analytical Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Analytical And Bioanalytical Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Molecular Biology And Biochemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 2 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Topics In Biochemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Cell Biology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Organic And Biological Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Year 4

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 3 Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Analytical Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Applied Biochemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Research Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Bioethics And Bioinformatics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Bioethics And Human Genetics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Bioinformatics And Human Genetics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Medicinal Chemistry And Drug Discovery Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Pharmacology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. ††

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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