Why study Biochemistry with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University?
- £6 million invested in state-of-the-art teaching facilities
- Faculty laboratory refurbished in 2016
- Opportunities to undertake a year's industrial placement or Erasmus placement
- Stepping stone to more specialist MSc study in Industrial Biotechnology or Cosmetic Science
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
About your course
The BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University is the ideal course if you are interested in this subject but lack the necessary qualifications to study it at degree level.
The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the ability to study for a degree but do not have the qualifications to enter directly onto the Biochemistry honours degree programme.
Once you pass the Foundation Year you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).
About the BSc (Hons) Biochemistry degree
The study of biochemistry will appeal to you if you are interested in the biochemical workings of living organisms, cellular metabolism, genomics and proteomics and the biochemical nature of disease. It draws on the different disciplines of cellular biology, physiology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology and medical biochemistry. This provides a solid grounding for more specialist MSc study in, for example, industrial biotechnology, virology, immunology and genetics.
Option modules in Levels 5 and 6, and the opportunity for individual research and work placements, allow you to specialise in your own particular areas of interest.
The opportunity to take a year out in industry gives you invaluable paid work experience and the chance to put the skills and knowledge you have developed into practice. Most employers prefer to take on graduates who have had this experience.
"I have enjoyed every minute of my Biochemistry degree. It is challenging and rewarding and the opportunities to gain experience in the practical work are invaluable."
This course is approved and accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Institute of Biomedical Science.
Our links with local hospitals, public health and private laboratories ensure that course content is informed by the latest research and developments in today’s biomedical science industry and tailored to the needs of employers. Our connections include the Walton Centre of Excellence in Neurology and Neurosciences, the Roy Castle Foundation Laboratories for research into lung cancer, Alder Hey Children's Hospital and Glaxo/Wellcome Laboratories.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
Additional course costs
A DBS check is not required for your application, however a DBS may be required for modules where there is a work based learning placement option. Work based learning placements that do not require a DBS check are available.
Pharmaceutical companies and others involved in the food, cosmetics and toiletries industries, such as MedImmune, Novartis Vaccines, AstraZeneca, Unilever and Bristol-Myers Squibb, employ many of our biochemistry graduates directly.
Some graduates prefer to continue their studies with postgraduate study (PGCE/PGDE, MSc, MPhil, MRes or PhD) in topics as wide ranging as tropical medicine, cardiovascular disease, biomedical sciences, oncology, biotechnology, toxicology, virology and cosmetic science.
Alternatively, many decide to pursue teacher training as there is currently a shortage of well-qualified science teachers. Some have even moved into patenting, marketing, management and merchant banks, and many have gone on to research degrees in the UK or abroad.
You may also wish to use your qualification to undertake further study or training before entering employment.
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.
Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: email@example.com.
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What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy. Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Introductory Chemistry and Cell Biology
This module aims to provide you with an overview of key concepts in both biology and chemistry in preparation for degree-level study. Atomic theory will be introduced and used to understand concepts of chemical bonding and reactivity. The structure of living systems will be discussed in terms of biologically-relevant molecules, cells and subcellular organelles.
Fundamentals of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
This module provides an introductory understanding of thermodynamics, kinetics and the states of matter. It also serves to introduce concepts associated with simple molecular orbital theory, radioactivity, oxidation states/redox chemistry and the properties and chemistry of selected main group elements.
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
This module is intended to introduce the structure and bonding of simple organic molecules. The properties, preparation, reactivity and reaction mechanisms will be explored for a number of functional groups. The relevance of organic chemistry to everyday life and biological processes will also be developed.
Skills and Perspectives in Biomolecular Sciences 1
This module will enable you to develop a range of underpinning skills to aid further study in your chosen academic programme and introduce you to a wide range of topics within the molecular bioscience areas. It also provides a structured tutorial component that will encourage you to engage with personal development planning and employability.
Skills and Perspectives in Biomolecular Science 2
This module will enable you to further develop a range of underpinning skills, especially in data and statistical analysis. It will aid study in your chosen academic programme and provide a structured tutorial component that contains both academic and personal development planning and employability material.
Human Anatomy and Physiology
The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of key physiological systems and metabolic processes. It will also introduce the concepts of human physiology and their inter-relationships.
Introduction to Structural and Functional Biochemistry
This module enables you to develop a basic fundamental understanding of structural and functional aspects of macromolecules, particularly proteins, in biology. This module will also enable you to demonstrate understanding of how protein structure impacts on protein function.
This module enables you to explore the link between, nutrition, physiology and cellular metabolism in prokaryote and eukaryote cells. In addition, the chemistry which underpins each biochemical process is made clear by making use of worked examples and through practical experiments. This module will also introduce you to the concept of cellular metabolism and how nutrition and physiology impact on both eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells.
Microbial Biotechnology 1
This module provides you with a broad spectrum of knowledge about microorganisms and their activities which will provide a foundation for microbiology modules at Levels 5 and 6. The module will be delivered through a series of lectures, practicals and workshops.
Practical and Employability Skills in Biochemistry
The aim of this module is to facilitate effective study of Biochemistry by providing a foundation in employability, communication and research skills, data handling, statistics, IT, laboratory techniques and underpinning theory. You will have the opportunity to identify and reflect upon aspects of personal development and employability will a strong thread embedded throughout the module.
Introduction to Cell Biology
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the field of cell biology (the study of the structure and function of cells).This module will enable you to demonstrate basic understanding of cell structure/function and how cells give rise to functions within tissues.
Introduction to Molecular Biology
This module enables you to understand the importance of the molecular mechanisms underpinning molecular biology. This will then introduce you to omics and model organisms which will be further developed at Level 5. Tutorials linked to subject material as well as personal development planning are embedded in this module.
Methods in Biochemistry
Within this module, you will develop your knowledge of theory and practise a range of methods relevant to research and practice in Biochemistry. You will further develop your skills, critical evaluation and career planning.
This module will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of the regulation and interaction of metabolic pathways within eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. You will evaluate the use of laboratory tests for the determination of biochemically important molecules.
Structural and Functional Biochemistry
This module enables you to develop a deeper understanding of structural and functional aspects of macromolecules, particularly proteins, in biology. The module provides you with a detailed view of aspects of the structure and function of macromolecules and relationships between the two.
Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics
This module provides you with a detailed understanding of the molecular mechanisms that are applicable to human disease states, development and genetic engineering. The module will empower you to demonstrate a critical understanding of genomic integrity and human disease. Transcriptional control, developmental biology, genetic engineering and bioinformatics will be introduced. You will encounter experimental methods for the investigation of the relevant areas of biochemistry and molecular biology using data from high-throughput techniques.
Molecular Cell Biology
This module will introduce you to a range of important cellular processes and some of the main molecular mechanisms associated with the regulation of these processes. It will empower you to demonstrate a critical understanding of signal transduction, cell proliferation and mechanisms of cell death. You will encounter experimental methods for the investigation of relevant areas of biochemistry and molecular biology.
Microbial Biotechnology 2
This module is designed to develop your understanding of the physiology and behaviour of microorganisms populating various habitats with emphasis on their responses to particular physical and chemical conditions. It will also develop a broad understanding of the biotechnological importance of microorganisms.
The Research Project will equip you with the necessary transferable skills to investigate a research topic and present it using appropriate methods of scientific communication.
Advanced Structural and Functional Biochemistry
The aim of this module is to develop an advanced understanding of structural and functional aspects of macromolecules, particularly proteins, in biology. The module provides an advanced view of aspects of the structure and function of macromolecules and relationships between the two.
The aim of this module is to learn how to retrieve and critically evaluate complex information. You will conduct investigations in an independent manner and demonstrate the wide range of skills and knowledge required to deal with real-life employment opportunities.
Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology
The aim of this module is to provide you with state-of-the-art knowledge of central aspects of cell and molecular biology and to encourage development of skills for experimental design. The module will enable you to critically analyse research topics from cell and molecular biology and to design theoretical experiments on a given topic.
This module will build upon core knowledge in microbiology covered in levels 4 and 5. It will provide you with training and assessment in areas including bioinformatics, new generation sequencing and its applications, antibiotic production, imaging technology, antibiotic resistance, phage therapy and will include the application of microbial processes to bioremediation and also product formation.
The aim of this module is to provide a bench to bedside approach to cancer, underpinning the key molecular and cellular events during the initiation and progression of cancer and providing an appreciation of diagnostic techniques and therapies available. The module aims to consolidate your prior learning in genetics, histology, cell biology, molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry within a disease model.
The aim of this module is to facilitate you in examining in detail the importance of biomaterials in contemporary biomedicine. You will discover how your analysis in vitro predicts success in vivo. Through a series of lectures detailing the importance of various properties of biomaterials and how their properties are evaluated you will develop a detailed comprehension of how these substances are continually revolutionising medicine.
The aim of this module is to provide an opportunity to spend time in a workplace environment relevant to your subject discipline. You will build links between theory and practice through practical experience of work - reinforcing and complementing formal study.
Applications of Genetics in Health and Disease
This module provides you with an appreciation of some modern genetic and genomic techniques that are regularly used in studies of health and disease. It is recommended that students complete the level 5 module Genes and Genomes before taking this module.
This module builds on neurobiology-related concepts taught during the level 5 Physiology of Life module. The module provides you with an insight into how molecular, cellular and organ components contribute to form the body's most complex system and how different factors can produce dysregulation of the nervous system.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Workshops and small-group tutorials give you a chance to discuss course material more informally and your personal tutor will also organise twice yearly one-to-one tutorials with you.
Work-related LearningAs part of your work-related learning, we highly recommend that you opt to undertake a year’s work placement after your second year. This will not only give you a chance to put into practice what you have learnt at the University but it will also help you develop your personal skills, earn a salary while taking a year’s break from formal study, and add real value to your CV.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
Throughout your course, you will have the support of a personal tutor who will be available to discuss course-related matters in both tutorial sessions and on a one-to-one basis. If you opt to take a year out on work placement, this will be coordinated for you by a placement tutor and during the year you will have ongoing support from a member of staff, which will include visits to your workplace. The school is fully committed to promoting a learning environment that supports a culture of equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) and has a Disability Support Coordinator, an EDI Coordinator and a School EDI Working Group. Personal Tutors also play a vital role in promoting awareness of support services for students.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
Exams are normally held at the end of each year and can be in the form of multiple choice, short answer, interpretative, problem-based learning or essay questions.
Coursework assessments could include phase tests, fieldwork/practical reports, data handling, oral presentations, poster presentations, group discussions, essays or the evaluation of your practical skills, and are based on individual assignments though some require group work.
Feedback on coursework assessments is normally provided within three weeks of submission and may be via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Dr Iain Hargreaves
Dr Iain Hargreaves
Dr Hargreaves has worked in the field of metabolic disease since 1995 when he began a postdoctoral fellowship to study mitochondrial metabolism at the Institute of Neurology, London. In 1997, he joined the Neurometabolic Unit, National Hospital as a principal clinical scientist to run the mitochondrial disease biochemical diagnostic service. In 2005, he established the first coenzyme Q10 NHS diagnostic service and became an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College of London. Iain joined LJMU as a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry and Biomedical sciences in 2016 and now hold a readership in clinical biochemistry. His research interests are focussed on mitochondrial and coenzyme Q10 metabolism and their involvement in disease. In addition, he is also involved in the development of therapeutic strategies to ameliorate mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress in metabolic diseases that may be translatable into clinical practice.
As a lecturer I am afforded the opportunity to include research led learning into my teaching. This involves discussing current research that is relevant to the topic of study as well as referring to metabolic diseases to highlight the importance of biochemical pathways in maintaining the health of an individual
What you can expect from your School
You will study at the Byrom Street site in the university’s City Campus in the heart of Liverpool. Our state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching spaces will ensure you enjoy a first-class study environment. The Avril Robarts library is within easy walking distance and here you'll find all the information you need to support your studies.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 88
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
- NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
- Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
- Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
- Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 1
- Subject specific requirements: 1 A2 Level in a relevant science subject
- Is general studies acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: CCD
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20 UCAS Points
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma subjects / grades required: DD in a relevant science if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: MMM in a relevant science if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Overall Pass required
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 88 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
- Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Alternative qualifications considered
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
Reduced Offer Scheme
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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