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Overview

Biochemistry is the study of the molecular basis of life and our Biochemistry BSc programme will introduce you to all areas of modern biochemistry. You will gain the practical knowledge and skills needed to work in a scientific research environment, as well as transferable skills and behaviours to begin a career in a wide variety of scientific and commercial fields. The programme also features options to study abroad, undertake work placement or extend to a four-year MSci.


Key benefits

  • Europe's largest centre for medical and professional healthcare education
  • 96% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016)
  • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and researchers
  • One of the UK's best graduate employment rates
  • Contemporary approach based on our history of pioneering discoveries – including our part in identifying the structure of DNA
  • Flexible options to tailor your degree through overseas study, work placement or to switch to a four-year MSci.

Key information

UCAS code C700

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Biochemistry

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Entry requirements

Required grades:

AAB

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

Physics or Maths 


Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A levels: AAB to include Chemistry and  Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study of Maths or Physics also preferred.GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: 3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Maths or Physics also preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 to include HL Chemistry and Biology. Preferred other subjects: Maths, Physics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricula activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at King’s.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS form. 
What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff. 
What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Required grades:

35 points overall with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

Physics or Maths 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A levels: AAB to include Chemistry and  Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study of Maths or Physics also preferred.GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: 3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Maths or Physics also preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 to include HL Chemistry and Biology. Preferred other subjects: Maths, Physics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricula activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at King’s.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS form. 
What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff. 
What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

Physics or Maths 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A levels: AAB to include Chemistry and  Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study of Maths or Physics also preferred.GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: 3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Maths or Physics also preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 to include HL Chemistry and Biology. Preferred other subjects: Maths, Physics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricula activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at King’s.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS form. 
What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff. 
What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Required grades:

D3 D3 M2

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

Physics or Maths 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A levels: AAB to include Chemistry and  Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study of Maths or Physics also preferred.GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: 3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Maths or Physics also preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 to include HL Chemistry and Biology. Preferred other subjects: Maths, Physics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricula activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at King’s.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS form. 
What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff. 
What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

Physics or Maths 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A levels: AAB to include Chemistry and  Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study of Maths or Physics also preferred.GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: 3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Maths or Physics also preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 to include HL Chemistry and Biology. Preferred other subjects: Maths, Physics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricula activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at King’s.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS form. 
What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff. 
What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

Physics or Maths 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A levels: AAB to include Chemistry and  Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study of Maths or Physics also preferred.GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: 3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Maths or Physics also preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 to include HL Chemistry and Biology. Preferred other subjects: Maths, Physics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricula activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at King’s.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS form. 
What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff. 
What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

Physics or Maths 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A levels: AAB to include Chemistry and  Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study of Maths or Physics also preferred.GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: 3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Maths or Physics also preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 to include HL Chemistry and Biology. Preferred other subjects: Maths, Physics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricula activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at King’s.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS form. 
What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff. 
What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Required grades:

80% overall

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

Physics or Maths 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A levels: AAB to include Chemistry and  Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study of Maths or Physics also preferred.GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: 3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Maths or Physics also preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 to include HL Chemistry and Biology. Preferred other subjects: Maths, Physics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricula activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at King’s.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS form. 
What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff. 
What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

Physics or Maths 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A levels: AAB to include Chemistry and  Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study of Maths or Physics also preferred.GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics also required.

Cambridge Pre-U: 3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 M2 including Chemistry and Biology. Maths or Physics also preferred.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDD with twelve Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DDM with eleven Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than Chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DD with eight Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade B. Alternatively, DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level in either Chemistry or Biology at grade A.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

Note: BTEC science subjects considered include Applied Science, Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry and Applied Physics. Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry can be considered instead of an A Level in these subjects however if the same subject is studied at both A Level and BTEC they will not be considered as two separate qualifications. For example, BTEC Applied Chemistry and Chemistry A level will not be counted as two separate subjects, a further two A Levels/BTEC subjects would be required.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Maths or Physics also preferred.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 to include HL Chemistry and Biology. Preferred other subjects: Maths, Physics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricula activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at King’s.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS form. 
What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff. 
What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.
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Course detail

Description

On our Biochemistry BSc course you will study all areas of modern biochemistry including: biological chemistry, structural biology and biophysics, metabolism, cell biology, molecular genetics, bioinformatics, immunology and microbiology. This is a subject in which practical skills and the capacity to experiment are vital so, alongside theoretical learning, you will also be trained in laboratory techniques, experimental design, data analysis and presentation.

This programme forms part of the suite of ‘Common Year one’ programmes within the School of Bioscience Education. These comprise Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology; Biochemistry; Biomedical Science; Medical Physiology; Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Once you have successfully completed year one, you can choose to switch to any other programme within this suite.

In your second and third years you will focus on applications of biochemistry for understanding human disease, the biochemical and biophysical techniques used in understanding biological processes and the relationship between protein structure and function.

In year two you may also choose to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, or you can apply to undertake an extra-mural or work placement, usually at a leading biomedicine employer.

In your third year there is an opportunity to specialise further, either in biochemistry or molecular genetics, and to pursue laboratory and/or library-based projects in areas of current biomedical research.

Alternatively, after the ‘Common Year one’ programme, you can apply to transfer to one of our four-year MSci programmes: Biochemistry MSci; Neuroscience MSci; Pharmacology MSci. In year three you can apply to transfer to the four-year Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research MSci. 

Teaching

Teaching on this programme takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical laboratory work. The rest of your time will be spent on self-study, including reading, research and writing assignments.

 

Course stage

Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities

Percentage of time in guided independent study

Percentage of time on placements

Indicator of actual or estimated teaching methods

Year 1

25%

75%

n/a

 

Year 2

28%

72%

n/a

 

Year 3

42%

58%

n/a

 

 

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, examinations and practical observation.

Course stage

Percentage of Assessment by Written Exams

Percentage of Assessment by Practical Exams

Percentage of Assessment by Coursework

Indicator of actual or estimated assessment methods

Year 1

81%

10%

9%

 

Year 2

74%

4%

22%

 

Year 3

49%

12%

39%

 

 

Location

 This course is taught at our Guy’s and Waterloo Campus, both on the South Bank of the Thames, putting you at the heart of everything London has to offer in terms of academic resources and also close to its social and entertainment attractions.

Other related courses

  • Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology BSc
  • Biomedical Science BSc
  • Medical Physiology BSc
  • Molecular Genetics BSc
  • Neuroscience BSc/MSci
  • Pharmacology BSc
  • Nutrition BSc

 

Studying Abroad

 You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year at one of our partner universities, which currently include:

  • The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • National University of Singapore
  • The University of California
  • The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

You may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for this option.

Also, you may apply for an extra-mural year, to be taken between the second and third years if selected.  Students apply directly to placement providers through a process facilitated by the university. Placements, either in the UK or overseas, may be in a pharmaceutical company, a government research establishment or academic research institute. Programmes incorporating the extra-mural year are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Placement companies and establishments in the past have included:

  • CIB (Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas), Madrid
  • Eli Lilly & Company Ltd
  • GlaxoSmithKline Co. Durham / Stevenage / Uxbridge
  • Huntingdon Life Sciences Limited
  • Imanova Ltd, Imperial College
  • Life Science Institute, National University of Singapore
  • Medical Research Council Technology
  • MRC National Institute for Medical Research
  • Novartis Switzerland / UK / USA
  • NUS Singapore
  • OSI Prosidion Limited
  • Pfizer
  • Pneumolabs UK Limited, Stevenage
  • St George’s, University of London
  • UCB
  • William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary’s University London
  • Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases (CARD), King’s College London

MSci Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology 

During year three you can apply to transfer to the four-year MSci Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research, on which you will be required to take a 90-credit research project usually at an external industrial provider within the UK during your fourth year.

A contribution by the university is given to cover additional living costs during the project up to a maximum of £2,000.

Structure

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     This is a three-year course based on a combination of required and optional modules. Each year you will study modules to a total of 120 credits. We review our modules on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change. Please check here for updates.

    There are options to switch to any other course in the Bioscience suite after year one or to a four-year MSci. You can also choose to study abroad during year two.


    Required Modules

    • Biochemistry (15 credits)
    • Chemistry for the Biosciences (15 credits)
    • Genetics and Molecular Biology (15 credits)
    • Cell Biology and Neuroscience (15 credits)
    • Fundamentals of Physiology and Anatomy (30 credits)
    • Fundamentals of Pharmacology (15 credits)
    • Skills for the Biosciences (15 credits)

     

     

    Optional Modules

    There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.
  • This is a three-year course based on a combination of required and optional modules. Each year you will study modules to a total of 120 credits. We review our modules on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change. Please check here for updates.

    There are options to switch to any other course in the Bioscience suite after year one or to a four-year MSci. You can also choose to study abroad during year two.


    Required Modules

    • Gene Cloning & Expression (30 credits)
    • Metabolism (15 credits)
    • Protein Structure & Function (15 credits)
    • Cell Biology A (15 credits)

     

     

    Optional Modules

    You will then select 45 credits from a wide range of optional modules within the School of Bioscience Education, which may typically include:

    • Experimental Biochemistry (15 credits)
    • Human & Molecular Genetics (15 or 30 credits)
    • Principles of Bioinformatics (15 credits)
    • Cell Biology B (15 credits)
    • Immune System in Health & Disease (15 credits)
    • Medical Microbiology (15 credits)
    • Tissue Pathology (15 credits)
    • Neuroscience (30 credits)
    • Essentials of Embryology (15 credits)
    • Endocrinology & Reproduction (15 credits)
    • Psychology (15 credits)
    • Drug Discovery & Development (15 credits)
    • Social Impact of the Biosciences  (15 credits)
    • A modern language (15 credits)
  • This is a three-year course based on a combination of required and optional modules. Each year you will study modules to a total of 120 credits. We review our modules on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change. Please check here for updates.

    There are options to switch to any other course in the Bioscience suite or to a four-year MSci after year one. You can also choose to study abroad during year two.


    Required Modules

    Required module:

    • Protein Structure & Design (15 credits)

    You are also required to conduct one of the following research projects:

    • Molecular Biology Practical Project (30 credits) and a Library project (15 credits)
    • Extended Research Project (45 credits)

     

     

    Optional Modules

    You will then take 60 credits from a wide range of optional modules, which may typically include:

    • Molecular Basis of Human Disease (15 credits)
    • Advanced Biophysical Techniques (15 credits)
    • Redox Biology in Health and Disease (15 credits)
    • Biomedical Diagnostics (15 credits)
    • Molecular Immunology (15 credits)
    • Advanced Molecular Genetics (15 credits)
    • Molecular Genetics of Model Organisms (15 credits)
    • Medical Genetics (15 credits)
    • Epigenetics (15 credits)
    • Biology of Cancer (30 credits)
    • Cell Physiology (15 credits)
    • Endocrinology of Diabetes (15 credits)
    • Muscle (15 credits)
    • Mechanisms of Development (30 credits)
    • Drug Safety & Toxicology (30 credits)
    • Viruses & Diseases (15 or 30 credits)
    • Modules from across the School of Bioscience Education
    • A maximum of one modern language module (15 credits)
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Career prospects

Graduates from the School of Bioscience Education are equipped with a variety of transferable skills including data gathering, analysis and interpretation, presentation skills and teamwork. Our graduates are well-qualified to undertake a wide range of careers or training for a higher degree such as an MSc or PhD.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

  • Research project co-ordinators
  • Food scientists
  • Company managers
  • Business analysts
  • Scientific copy editors

Others have continued to study in medicine, dentistry and other related fields including pharmaceutical sciences, cardiovascular pharmacology and biomedical research.

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Testimonials

Studying Biochemistry at King's

In the heart of London

The Biochemistry BSc equips students to study the molecular basis of life, including the fundamentals of biological chemistry, metabolism, call biology, molecular genetics, microbiology, physiology and immunology.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

£22,800 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

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