Course Overview - Biochemistry

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**About the course**

What are the mechanisms of life?

Studying Biochemistry at Sussex, you’ll explore this question. Taught by leading biochemists and chemists, you’ll:

- study life at the molecular scale

- explore the chemical processes underpinning the activities of cell...

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Course Information

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4 Years

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Points of Entry

Year 1, Year 2

Entry Requirements

A level



A-levels must include Chemistry. You will also need to pass the separate science practical assessment. If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

Scottish Higher



Highers must include Chemistry, with at least grade B. Ideally, you will also have Chemistry as an Advanced Higher. You will also need Scottish National 5 in Mathematics and two sciences with grade B in each.

Access to HE Diploma

Pass Diploma with at least 39 level 3 credits at Merit or above including 24-27 credits at Distinction. You will need substantial amounts of Level 3 credits in Chemistry or will need to have taken A-level Chemistry in addition to the Access to HE Diploma. You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


This score should be from the full IB Diploma. You will need Higher Level in Chemistry, with a grade 5.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma will need to be in Applied Science and you will need to have opted for substantial numbers of modules please see the University website for more information. You will normally need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

Extended Project

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact Admissions at

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Fees and funding

England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Channel Islands, Republic of Ireland £9,250
EU, International £25,000

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