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Swansea University

UCAS Code: F100 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level

B,B,B-A,B,B

To include Chemistry. If not studying A-Level Maths GCSE Maths Grade B (6) required.

Access to Science: 24 Distinctions including all Maths and Chemistry modules and 15 Merits at Level 3.

We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success. If you are predicted a Grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

To include at least 5 in HL Chemistry and Maths

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

DDD

in Applied Science. Maths GCSE Grade B required.

Requirements are for A Levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade

UCAS Tariff

120-128

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About this course

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Chemistry

Chemistry is part of everything in our lives – it’s the key to understanding our world, and this course will equip you with the skills and experience for a wide range of exciting and rewarding careers in a variety of industries.

**Why Swansea?**
- Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry

- Our student society is the only one in the UK that is affiliated with the American Chemical Society.

Our Chemistry Department has excellent links with employers, and Chemistry graduates are in demand, obtaining roles such as cancer researcher, forensic scientist, flavourist & innovation director, chief chemist, sustainability manager, fragrance chemist, household goods senior scientist, and analytical scientist.

You will be taught in our sector-leading teaching laboratories within the new multi-million-pound Chemistry Hub, which provides a world class facility for cutting edge chemical sciences and interdisciplinary research. This ensures you are exposed to the full range of opportunities which a degree in Chemistry can offer.

Teaching is informed by our current excellence in research, in areas such as natural products, materials engineering, and medicine, and the Chemistry Department is currently working on vital projects such as delivering clean water and sanitation and affordable, clean energy in the developing world.

On this three-year course, you will have the opportunity to study the main branches of chemistry - organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and instrumental and analytical techniques.

The BSc Chemistry course will develop both your theoretical and practical skills, including lab classes that incorporate a blended, e-learning pre-lab workshop to ensure that you are confident and competent to work in the labs safely and efficiently. You will also be able to use the innovative pre-lab simulation to practise lab skills in your own time.

This degree is also offered as a four-year course, with a year in industry (F101) or with a year abroad (F106).

**We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.**

Modules

In the first year students a 'chemical thinking' module will prepare students for University study. Then, structure and bonding and reactions will be considered, showing how the main areas of chemistry blend together. Finally in first year, 'chemical practice' will embed research skills and introduce students to chemistry in context of professional lives and careers. Practical skills are embedded into these modules, giving all important laboratory experience. Second year modules cover the traditional disciplines of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Areas of strength in Swansea research such as materials chemistry, medicinal chemistry and environmental chemistry will also be introduced. These will include more advanced laboratory sessions. The final year delves deeper into the core subjects, with options to allow specialisation and a large research project, to begin the transition from student to professional chemist.

Assessment methods

Students will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and discussion groups, supported by practical classes and field courses. Students will be assessed through a variety of methods, including examinations, coursework and a practical research project.

The Uni

Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

Chemistry

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What students say

We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

92%
Chemistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Chemistry

Teaching and learning

96%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

100%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
74%
Male students
26%
Female students
54%
2:1 or above
3%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals

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.

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