Biochemistry Extended Degree - BSc (Hons)
Why study this course?
This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year 0), providing an alternative route into higher education if you don't have the traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree. Throughout the course, you'll gain an excellent working knowledge of biological molecules, and information transfer and processing in living systems and metabolic processes.
The BSc Biochemistry Extended Degree includes a foundation year (Year 0), designed to prepare you for the challenge of studying at undergraduate level. Throughout your four years on this course, you'll gain a fundamental knowledge base in key disciplines including biology and chemistry.
London Met is proud to be one of a limited number of institutions that offer this route into Higher Education. The programme is run by experienced staff and is carefully designed to be supportive and motivating and to build confidence and academic ability as well as an understanding of what academic study involves.
Some of your teaching and learning takes place in our £30 million Science Centre where you'll have access to our 280 workstations which allow you to work independently on different experiments.
We'll help develop the theoretical and practical skills necessary for the collection, analysis, interpretation and understanding of biochemical information and data, as well as raise your awareness of the social and ethical dimensions within which contemporary biochemistry operates.
Assessment consists of progress tests, online tests, coursework, practical reports and presentations.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
- English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent eg Functional Skills at Level 2). Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3) in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Other applicants may have level 3 qualifications such as A level, BTEC Extended Diploma or Access to Higher education qualifications with high UCAS points and grades, but not in the relevant subject areas eg. Biology and Chemistry, which are required to study for BSc programmes in the School of Human Sciences.
The first year of this extended degree (Year 0) is a modular course that runs over two semesters. In each semester, all full-time students enrol on four modules. Year 0 can also be studied part-time over two years.
Year 0 (Level 3) core topics include:
- Scientific Studies
Modules at levels four, five and six can be found on the Biochemistry BSc (Hons) course page.
“It was very beneficial for me to study at London Metropolitan University, as I am a mature student with family and small children - the university timetable and the regulations suited me very well. I do not think I could have made it to this point if it were not for London Met. The lecturers were very helpful and very friendly.”
Graduates can find careers in medical research, forensic science, hospital and public health laboratories, pharmaceutical, food and agricultural industries.
The analytical, numerical and communication skills acquired from the degree are useful in careers such as accountancy, journalism, marketing and teaching.
There is also the option of further study at postgraduate level.
Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
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