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Chemistry (including foundation year)

Entry requirements


At least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma).

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent eg Functional Skills at Level 2). Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3) in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas.

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

8.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

Chemistry

**Why study this course?**

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you can't meet the necessary entry requirements or don't have the traditional qualifications required to start a standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

More than an introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry, this degree provides intensive basic training that is designed to give you the core laboratory, IT and performance skills to succeed in your chosen career.

**More about this course**

With access to 280 workstations and specialist labs, you’ll get the chance to explore electrochemical analysis, gas and liquid chromatography, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry and many other modern techniques used in the industry today.

Your first year will cover the fundamentals of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry to prepare you for the study of forensic, pharmaceutical, medical and analytical science. As the course progresses, you’ll have the chance to explore the practical and technical aspects of chemistry at a more in-depth level as well as having the opportunity to specialise in areas that interest you such as forensic chemistry or bioanalytical science.

In your final year, you’ll undertake a year-long research project on a topic of your choosing within the chemistry sector. You’ll also have the option to undertake an on-the-job placement as part of your degree, giving you valuable hands-on experience and exposure to the industry.

Modules

The modules listed are subject to change. Please visit the university website for full, up-to-date module details.

Foundation year modules include:

Biochemistry (core, 15 credits);
Biology (core, 30 credits);
Chemistry (core, 30 credits);
Scientific Studies (core, 30 credits);
Foundation Year Project (CPS) (core, 15 credits)

Example Year 1 modules include:

General Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Foundations of Physics (core, 15 credits);
Introduction to Laboratory Skills (core, 15 credits);
Fundamental Chemical Concepts (core, 15 credits);
Introduction to Organic Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (for Life Sciences) (core, 15 credits);
Laboratory Techniques with Data Handling (core, 15 credits);
Key Principles in Chemistry (core, 15 credits)

Example Year 2 modules include:

Quantitative Analysis (core, 15 credits);
Organic Unsaturated Molecules (core, 15 credits);
Coordination and Solution Chemistry of d and f block Complexes (core, 15 credits);
Kinetics and Surface Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Spectroscopic Methods (core, 15 credits);
Organic Ring Systems (core, 15 credits);
Solid State and Organometallic Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Thermodynamics and Electrochemistry (core, 15 credits)

Example Year 3 modules include:

Advanced Organic Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Advanced Physical Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Advanced Inorganic Techniques (core, 15 credits);
Research Project (core, 30 credits);
Sandwich Placement (year-long) (option, 30 credits);
Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Medicinal Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Advanced Bioanalytical Science (option, 15 credits);
Work Placement (for Life Sciences) (option, 15 credits);
Atomic and Molecular Spectra (option, 15 credits)

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through mini-tests, posters, presentations, essays, practical reports, short answer tests and examinations.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£15,576
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,576
per year
International
£15,576
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£15,576
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

School of Human Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
A

After graduation


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Chemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

96%
med
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

Chemistry graduates are in demand from a wide range of industries, from the food, oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to consultancy, technical analysis and teaching. They're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills — anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs - but good students can usually get grants to take a doctorate, so don't worry about the financing if you think you have what it takes. The recession wasn’t too kind to chemists, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), but things are getting back to normal for this flexible group and it's one of the few degrees that is bucking the current trend and increasing graduate numbers.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Chemistry

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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