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University of Central Lancashire

Chemistry (Foundation Entry)

UCAS Code: C268

Master of Chemistry - MChem

Entry requirements


72 UCAS points at A2 including Biology, Chemistry or Maths

72 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry or Maths

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB Diploma including 72 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects, including Biology, Chemistry or Maths

72 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry or Maths

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DM

Applied Sciences required

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMP

Applied Sciences required

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

DM

Applied Sciences required

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

MMP

Applied Sciences required

72 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry or Maths

UCAS Tariff

72

including Biology, Chemistry or Maths

About this course


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Course option

5.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Other options

6.0 years | | 2020

Subject

Chemistry

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. It’s entirely unique. As well as giving you a solid, practical, laboratory-based foundation in all the traditional elements of physical, inorganic, organic and analytical chemistry, a strong emphasis is placed on the sustainable modern practices that have revolutionised chemicals manufacture and given rise to the term ‘Green Chemistry.’ Graduates from this course will be better prepared than most to understand the new environmentally-friendly systems and processes the chemical industry is adopting - making you much more employable than most, too.

Our courses are underpinned by skills modules that not only allow you to develop your subject-specific skills but also focus on developing transferable skills, increasing your employability.

On graduating from University with a degree in Chemistry, the possibilities are almost endless. Careers in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food and drink industries, in chemical research and development, are all obvious career paths and our graduates are highly sought after, but other possible careers include nanotechnology, environmental science, forensic science, biotechnology and teaching. And because so many of the skills you’ll learn are transferable, we have graduates working in accountancy and finance, law and even publishing.

Modules

Year 1: Skills for Science, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics

Year 2: Compulsory modules; Experimental Techniques in Chemistry, Introduction to Chemical Concepts, Skills for Chemists, Introduction to Green Chemistry, Introduction to the Synthesis and Analysis of Organic Compounds, Elective, Introduction to Chemistry and/or a free choice elective

Year 3: Compulsory modules; Laboratory Studies of Chemical Concepts, Physical Chemistry: Theory and Applications in Analytical Science, Elements of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Concepts in Chemistry, Green Chemistry in Action, Tools for Green Chemistry

Year 4: Compulsory modules; Advanced Concepts in Chemistry, Exploration of Chemical Processes, Research Topics, Biological, Medicinal and Natural Product Chemistry, Green Energy, Research Methods, Organic Synthetic Methods

Year 5: Compulsory modules; Research Project, Applications in Synthesis, Advanced Inorganic and Materials Chemistry. Optional modules: Physical Chemistry of Elemental and Surface Analysis, Analytical Forensic Toxicology

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£5,500
per year
England
£5,500
per year
EU
£5,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,500
per year
Scotland
£5,500
per year
Wales
£5,500
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

TEF rating:
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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.

78%
low
Chemistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemistry

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
63%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

81%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
62%
Male students
38%
Female students
53%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Natural and social science professionals
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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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