BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (with Foundation Year)

Course details

  • UCAS CodeBCFY
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 4 YRS
  • UCAS Tariff 48-72
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
A student uses laboratory equipment while other students observe
Students in a lab

Studying Biochemistry

Programme Leader, Dr Amiya Chaudhry, introduces our BSc (Hons) Biochemistry course and outlines the career opportunities available.

Why choose this course?

Our BSc Hons Biochemistry programme is designed to introduce the students to a wide range of industry-standard and novel techniques applicable in the field of biochemistry.

Modules have been designed to cover the specific criteria of the QAA Biosciences 2019 Benchmarks as well as being aligned to PSRBs such as the Biochemical Society and Royal Society of Biology.

The aim is to produce high-quality graduates with excellent further study and employment opportunities. Students will be integrated into the culture of research from enrolment through to graduation where they will interface with researchers from other disciplines. They will work alongside MPhil and PhD students as well as Post-doctoral researchers.

Specifically, the programme will:

  • Provide a broad practical based Biochemistry curriculum.
  • Develop competence in scientific methods of enquiry and problem-solving.
  • Enable students to develop in-depth knowledge in the field of Biochemistry and acquire a critical awareness of current issues and developments in the subject.
  • Equip students in a wide range of industry-standard and novel techniques applicable in Biochemistry. 
  • Encourage critical skills, knowledge of professional responsibility, integrity and ethics together with the ability to reflect on personal progress as a learner and undertake independent study at level 6 for the dissertation module.
  • Produce graduates able to carry out research within an ethical framework.

Key course features

  • Highly experienced, research-active staff, all holding doctorate degrees.
  • Dedicated laboratories to allow students’ hands-on practical experience.
  • Development of skills required within a workplace.
  • University support available through the medium of Welsh.
  • Access to the state-of-the-art facilities in the Centre for Water Soluble Polymers research group.

What you will study

YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

The foundation year will introduce you to a range of scientific concepts and methods which underpin biological sciences. You’ll gain thorough training in laboratory skills and will develop your analytical and mathematical skills. Students will be encouraged to develop their own abilities in science, with a basic bank of knowledge across the main scientific areas.

MODULES

  • Science & the Environment
  • Laboratory and Field Skills
  • Introduction to Experimental Design and Mathematical Analysis
  • Introduction to Science
  • The Skills You Need
  • Contextual Studies

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)

The programme begins at level 4 by providing a solid foundation and introduction to the broad disciplines that underpin the subject of biochemistry, resulting in a strong understanding of the subject. 

This year establishes a platform of core knowledge across key subject areas including biology, chemistry, mathematics and statistics, whilst also introducing students to immunology and microbiology.

MODULES

  • Introduction to Chemistry 
  • Cell Biology, Biochemistry & Genetics
  • Maths and statistics for science
  • Essential skills for the Life Sciences
  • Professional Practice for the Biomedical & Life Sciences
  • Introduction to Immunology & Microbiology

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)

This year of the programme largely comprises specialist modules to give students the necessary knowledge in key areas of biochemistry. Students are also primed in research methodology and will design and carry out a mini project to prepare them for the final year project.

MODULES

  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Analytical Methods in Applied Science Research Methods, Theory and Practice
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Advanced Laboratory Skills for the Biomedical & Life Sciences

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)

The final year of study focuses upon topics at the forefront of current research in biochemistry and will further develop students critical and analytical skills. A significant part of the final year is a 40 credit research project in which students carry out an independent piece of research in an area of special interest to them.

MODULES

  • Research Project
  • Structural and Functional Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Nanomedicine and Biochemistry Futures Advances in Medicine: Drugs & Toxicology

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

The academic requirements for the course are 48-72 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-level or equivalent.

Teaching & Assessment

A broad range of assessment methods are used; these include learning journals, group projects, portfolios, coursework, literature reviews, oral and poster presentations, case studies and laboratory reports, and written exams/ in-class tests. Each module is assessed by a variety of methods (e.g. case studies, essays, laboratory reports, presentations, etc.), enabling students to display their full potential. A project dissertation will form one of the final parts of your assessment.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Career opportunities are available not only in the biosciences sector, but the key problem-solving and analytical skills developed in the programme are widely sought after in many other industrial sectors.

The main employers of biochemistry graduates in the public sector are; Environment Agency (EA), government departments; National Health Service (NHS); research institutes and education. Biochemistry graduates are also employed in industry. Typical employers include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, water and agricultural companies. Other employers include scientific and medical publishers and the Intellectual Property Office (as patent examiners).

Due to the balance of skills and knowledge students can also gain employment in areas such as sales and marketing, technological firms and law firms.

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are TBC

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs.

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section