The most common route to a biochemistry-related degree is to take an acceptable combination of A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
Subjects you should consider studying prior to applying for university include:
- Biology is a prerequisite for almost all biochemistry degrees. It will provide you with a sound knowledge of biochemical interactions as well as an introduction to genetics, cell biology and enzymology, all key Biochemistry topics.
- Chemistry is another essential prerequisite to study biochemistry at most institutions. It will teach you skills you will need for working in a lab, such as calculating sample concentrations, and provide you with a good understanding of the chemical principles that underpin Biochemistry.
- Mathematics is not essential for many biochemistry courses but a lot of biochemistry revolves around interpreting statistical data and calculating concentrations, kinetics and constants. Studying maths will support the study of key biochemistry disciplines.
- Communication subjects such as English and History will teach you good communication skills which are highly valued in the scientific community
If you don't have suitable qualifications, some universities offer a Science Foundation year. This will provide you with all the skills and qualifications you will need to move on to studying Biochemistry at undergraduate level, and often require GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.
Search UCAS for biochemistry degrees to find the exact requirements for individual universities and higher education institutions and read our Biochemistry Courses for 2015 guide.