Biochemistry with a Foundation Year (BSc (Hons))

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

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About Biochemistry with a Foundation Year at University of Kent

This programme is designed for students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to Stage 1 of our degree courses, and is an excellent conversion course for applicants who have shown academic ability in non-science subjects. Learning from inspirational academics working at the cutting-edge of research, you will develop the practical experience, scientific knowledge and transferable skills needed to meet your goals, both academically and in your chosen profession.  Reasons to study Biochemistry with a Foundation Year at Kent Our foundation year offers you the flexibility to progress to degrees across our Division of Natural Sciences. You may choose a degree in Biochemistry, but equally you could opt for a degree within another area of Biosciences, or Chemistry, Forensic Science or Sport and Exercise Sciences.Regular investment in our laboratories ensures you learn in a world-class environment – take a look around with current student Georgia.Our lecturers are both innovative teachers and active researchers. Two of our academic staff have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships. Study a wide range of modules and build your degree around your interests.Focus on your future with expert careers advice and the opportunity to take a paid Summer Studentship, giving you valuable hands-on experience in our research labs.We collaborate with research groups in industry and academia and have excellent links with local employers, including the NHS, Lonza and Sekisui Diagnostics, Roche, Sanofi and Pfizer.Get involved with science outside of the lab by joining Kent BioSoc. This student-run society holds a seminar series, academic talks, trips and social events. What you'll learn In your foundation year, you study compulsory modules in biology, chemistry and scientific methods, plus a choice of optional modules. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will have reached a standard above A level and so be fully equipped to tackle a BSc degree course. In the first year of your Biochemistry degree, you will start by gaining an insight into key biological and chemical disciplines, including biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, microbiology and physiology. Next you’ll build on this knowledge and develop your skills as a bioscientist to cover areas such as gene regulation, cell biology and metabolism. In your final year, you will tailor your degree to your interests through optional modules and a research project of your choice based on laboratory work, literature or data analysis. See the modules you'll study You can also tailor your degree to suit you with a sandwich year where you’ll undertake a paid role. This will give you the chance to put into practice the skills you’ve learnt and develop new ones, as well as building important connections. You can also expand your horizons with our year abroad, where you'll study at one of our partner institutions. 

Teaching includes lectures, workshops (including problem-solving sessions, literature reviews, etc), laboratory practical classes, research project and related assessment. You have an Academic Adviser who you meet with at regular intervals to discuss your progress, and most importantly, to identify ways in which you can improve your work further so that you reach your full potential. There are also visits to local hospital and public health laboratories to observe the way that knowledge and understanding of biomedical science is used in a working environment.

Most modules are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and end-of-year exams. Exams take place at the end of the academic year and count for 50% or more of the module mark. Stage 1 assessments do not contribute to the final degree classification, but all Stage 2 and 3 assessments do, meaning that your final degree award is an average of many different components. On average, 29% of your time is spent in an activity led by an academic; the rest of your time is for independent study.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the main metabolic pathways used in biological systems in catabolism and anabolism, understanding biological reactions in chemical terms
  • the variety of mechanisms by which metabolic pathways can be controlled and the way that tissue-specific functions can be co-ordinated with the needs of the rest of the human body
  • the genetic organisation of various types of organism such as microbes and humans, and the way in which genes can be expressed and their expression controlled
  • the structure and function of the main classes of macromolecules such as DNA, RNA, proteins, lipids and polysaccharides
  • protein structure and function, especially enzymes
  • the structure and function of biological membranes
  • the main mechanisms by which cells in the human body can communicate with each other
  • the main principles of cell and molecular biology
  • the basic principles of microbiology
  • the main experimental techniques used in the study of biochemistry
  • the principle methods for communicating aspects of biochemistry.

Intellectual Skills

You gain the following intellectual abilities:

  • use appropriate methods of numeracy, information retrieval, analysis and communication to support university-level study
  • understand the scope of teaching methods and study skills relevant to a biochemistry degree
  • understand the concepts and principles in outcomes recognising and applying biochemistry specific theories, paradigms, concepts or principles, for example, the relationship between genes and proteins
  • acquire the skills for analysis, synthesis, summary and presentation of biochemical information
  • demonstrate competence in solving extended biochemical problems involving advanced data manipulation and comprehension using biochemical specific and transferable skills
  • integrate scientific evidence, to formulate and test hypotheses
  • structure, develop and defend complex scientific arguments by understanding and applying your knowledge base
  • the ability to plan, execute and interpret the data from a short research project
  • recognise the moral and ethical issues of biochemical investigations and appreciate the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

  • to be able to handle biological material and chemicals in a safe way, and be able to assess any potential hazards associated with biochemical experimentation
  • perform risk assessments prior to the execution of a biochemical experimental protocol
  • the ability to use basic and advanced experimental equipment in executing the core practical techniques used by biochemists
  • find information on biochemical systems from a wide range of information resources such as journals, books and electronic databases, and maintain an effective information retrieval strategy
  • the ability to plan, execute and assess the results from biochemical experiments using acquired subject-specific knowledge
  • identify the best method for presenting and reporting on biochemical investigations using written, data manipulation/presentation and computer skills
  • be aware of the employment opportunities for biochemistry graduates.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • work effectively with others in the academic community to support university-level study
  • the ability to receive and respond to a variety of sources of information: textual, numerical, verbal and graphical
  • communicate effectively to a variety of audiences using a range of formats and approaches
  • problem solve by a variety of methods, especially numerical, including the use of computers
  • use the internet and other electronic sources critically as a means of communication and a source of information
  • interpersonal and teamwork skills that allow you to identify individual and collective goals, recognise and respect the views and opinions of other team members
  • self-management abilities plus organisational skills and the capacity to support life-long learning
  • awareness of information sources for assessing and planning future career development.

The programme aims to:

  • provide you with confidence in science and mathematics
  • develop knowledge of key scientific and mathematical skills, concepts and theories that underpin Biochemistry, to prepare you for Stage 1 of the undergraduate course
  • instil a sense of enthusiasm for biochemistry, confront the scientific, moral and ethical questions, and engage in critical assessment of the subject material
  • provide a stimulating, research-active environment for teaching and learning in which you are supported and motivated to achieve your academic and personal potential
  • educate students in the theoretical (subject-specific knowledge) and practical (laboratory skills and methods) aspects of biochemistry
  • develop knowledge through a variety of teaching and assessment methods
  • offer the experience of undertaking an independent research project whether it be laboratory, library, computer, business, or school-based
  • prepare students for further study, or training, and employment in science and non-science based careers, by developing transferable and cognitive skills
  • provide access to as wide a range of students as practicable.

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