BSc Biochemistry with a Foundation Year (2020 entry)


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Key facts

(2014 Research Excellence Framework)

Our Biochemistry with a Foundation Year course is designed to help you gain the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to progress on to a degree in biochemistry.
During your foundation year you’ll be assigned an adviser from the School of Biological Sciences who’ll guide you through your course to make sure that you’re ready to progress onto the specific degree course of your choice.
It’s the ideal choice if you’re looking for a solid foundation in the core subjects relating to the study of life and the processes and interactions driving life on Earth. You’ll learn alongside students from across the other Science Schools, and at the end of the Foundation Year you will be equipped with the fundamental skills you need to succeed in your future studies in your chosen area of biochemistry – and to unleash your learning potential.

Overview

Wherever your interests lie within the world of biochemistry, the Foundation Year will pique your curiosity and quench your thirst for answers to important scientific questions. You’ll have contact with academics and researchers from across the Faculty of Science, many of whom are world-leaders in their chosen research areas. And beyond the timetabled lecture series, you’ll have the opportunity to attend talks by guest lecturers and speakers. You’ll cover current scientific topics that have significance and importance for society, such as ageing and cellular senescence, the emergence of infectious diseases, and the rapidly developing field of biotechnology. And you’ll be encouraged to develop your critical thinking skills by evaluating sources of scientific evidence and including such sources in your own written work. At UEA we are uniquely partnered with the Norwich Research Park, providing you with access to a learning experience that is dynamic and fascinating – and fuelled by research that is happening right here, right now.

Course Structure

You’ll cover a combination of modules from the core subjects fundamental to studying the science of life. Jointly taught across the Schools of Chemistry and Biology, one third of your Foundation Year programme will be spent studying chemistry modules, which will take you from the structure of the atom to the foundations of organic chemistry and the basics for the chemistry of life. You will learn how to characterise and analyse chemical compounds and their mixtures, essential skills for your degree in biochemistry. The remaining two-thirds of your Foundation Year will be comprised of modules in biology, mathematics and physics, the exact combination of which will be based on your previous studies and your intended future course. Once you’ve successfully completed your Foundation Year, you’ll progress on to one of the main degree programmes within the School of Biological Sciences. The progression criteria for these courses varies, but a typical example might be 60% overall and 60% in the chemistry and spring semester modules for progression to our MSci Biochemistry courses. Passing all of your Foundation Year modules (the pass mark is 40%) and doing well in Chemistry will make you eligible for our main BSc Biochemistry programmes. For the years of study beyond the Foundation Year, please see the course pages specific to those degree programmes.

Teaching and Learning

Taught by leading academics from across our Faculty of Science, this course will develop your academic skills through a combination of lectures, seminars and laboratory-based practicals. The lecture series will provide you with the fundamentals of scientific knowledge, which you will develop further through other taught and practical sessions, as well as our complementary online learning resources. Small group sessions will enable you to further develop your analytical and critical thinking skills, giving you opportunities to put the topics in context and bring the science to life.

Independent Study

The Foundation Year programme provides a balance between independent thinking and taught study skills. It will help you become a self-motivated learner, an expert researcher and an analytical thinker. Along with formal taught sessions, you’ll undertake research, written assignments, practical work and group tasks. You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art library, and you’ll be given guidance and constructive feedback, to help you improve and develop your skills.

Assessment

Each module will be assessed through a combination of coursework and formal tests or examinations. Feedback will be offered after each assessment.

Study abroad or Placement Year

Depending the course you choose to progress onto after your Foundation Year, the School of Biological Sciences has a number of Year Abroad and Year in Industry study options.

After the course

Once you successfully finish your Foundation Year you will go straight onto one of the main degree programmes within the School of Biological Sciences.

Career destinations

Example of careers that you could enter include:

  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Biosciences and biotechnology
  • Science media and publishing
  • PhD and Master’s programmes
  • Healthcare

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs. There are compulsory textbooks for some of the modules on this course and there will be costs associated with these.

Course Modules 2020/1

Year 0U

Core Modules (80 credits)

Module

Description

Credits

CHE-3004A

INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY

20

CHE-3003B

FURTHER CHEMISTRY

20

BIO-3002A

INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY

20

BIO-3001B

FURTHER BIOLOGY

20

 

Options Range A

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

MTHB3001A

BASIC MATHEMATICS I

20

MTHB3005A

INTRODUCTORY MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS

20

PHY-3011A

INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS

20

 

Options Range B

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

MTHB3002B

BASIC MATHEMATICS II

20

MTHB3006B

FURTHER MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS

20

PHY-3010B

FURTHER PHYSICS

20

 

Year 1U

Compulsory Modules (120 credits)

Module

Description

Credits

CHE-4101Y

CHEMISTRY OF CARBON-BASED COMPOUNDS

20

CHE-4301Y

BONDING, STRUCTURE & PERIODICITY

20

CHE-4602Y

RESEARCH SKILLS IN BIOCHEMISTRY

20

BIO-4007Y

PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL METHODS IN BIOCHEMISTRY

20

BIO-4016Y

BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY

20

BIO-4018Y

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS

20

 

Year 2U

Core Modules (80 credits)

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-5002A

BIOCHEMISTRY

20

BIO-5003B

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

20

CHE-5601Y

BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

20

CHE-5150Y

MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

20

 

Options Range A

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-5005B

CELL BIOLOGY

20

CHE-5301B

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

20

 

Options Range B

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-5009A

GENETICS

20

CHE-5101A

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

20

 

Year 3U

Students must take BIO-6001A, CHE-6601Y and BIO-6019Y or BIO-6023Y. Students may be moved from BIO-6019Y to BIO-6023Y, based on Stage 2 results. Note that you may select no more than 20 credits of Level 5 modules to enrol on during your Stage 3 studies.

Core Modules (80 credits)

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-6001A

MOLECULAR ENZYMOLOGY IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE

20

CHE-6601Y

PROTEIN STRUCTURE, CHEMISTRY AND ENGINEERING

20

BIO-6019Y

RESEARCH PROJECT

40

BIO-6023Y

INTEGRATED LABORATORY RESEARCH PROJECT

40

 

Options Range A

Please note that if you select CHE-5301B you are not permitted to select a Level 5 module from any other option range.
Students will select 0-40 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-6003A

CELLULAR SIGNALLING

20

CHE-5301B

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

20

 

Options Range B

Note (1): If you select BIO-5006A or BIO-5015B, you are not permitted to select a Level 5 module from any other option range. Note (2): You may select CHE-6101Y and CHE-6301Y but if you select either you cannot then select any module in the option range pre-fixed BIO-
Students will select 0-40 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-5006A

PLANT BIOLOGY

20

BIO-5015B

MICROBIOLOGY

20

BIO-6004A

MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY

20

BIO-6005B

MICROBIAL CELL BIOLOGY

20

BIO-6006B

CELL BIOLOGY AND MECHANISMS OF DISEASE

20

BIO-6009A

CANCER BIOLOGY

20

BIO-6012A

EMBROYO DEVELOPMENT AND STEM CELL BIOLOGY

20

CHE-6101Y

ORGANIC COMPOUNDS: SYNTHESIS AND PROPERTIES

20

CHE-6301Y

INORGANIC COMPOUNDS: STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

20

 

Options Range C

Note that if you select BIO-5004A or BIO-5005B you are not permitted to select a Level 5 module from any other option range.
Students will select 0-40 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-5004A

HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

20

BIO-5005B

CELL BIOLOGY

20

BIO-6010B

INFECTION AND IMMUNITY

20

BIO-6013A

GENOMES, GENES AND GENOMICS

20

CHE-6151Y

TOPICS IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level CCC. Science A-Levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 28 points overall.
  • Scottish Highers BBCCC
  • Scottish Advanced Highers DDD
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 6 subjects at H4.
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.
  • BTEC MMM
  • European Baccalaureate 60%

Entry Requirement

We welcome applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds.  If you have been out of study for the last three years and you do not have the entry grades for our three year degree, we will consider your educational and employment history, along with your personal statement and reference to gain a holistic view of your suitability for the course. You will still need to meet our GCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements.

If you are currently studying your level 3 qualifications, we may be able to give you a reduced grade offer based on these circumstances:

• You live in an area with low progression to higher education (we use Polar 3, quintile 1 & 2 data)
• You have been in care or you are a young/full time carer
• You are studying at a school which our outreach team are working closely with

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September each year.

Alternative Qualifications

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

Course Open To

This course is open to UK applicants only. Foundation courses for international applicants are run by our partners at INTO

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

 

UK students

EU Students 

Scholarships

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The application allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

FURTHER INFORMATION  

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

    Next Steps

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