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University of Kent

UCAS Code: F105 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level

C,D,D

including any required subjects as listed in the relevant qualification section

The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants should have grade C or 4 in Mathematics GCSE or a suitable equivalent level qualification.

80 Tariff points from your IB Diploma, including a HL subject from the following: Science subject, Sport, Psychology or Maths at 4, OR SL Science subject, Sport, Psychology or Maths at 6. Typically H5, H4, H4

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

MMP

including any required subjects as listed in the relevant qualification section

Scottish Higher qualifications are considered on an individual basis.

T Level

P

overall in Science with C or more in the core

UCAS Tariff

80

including any required subjects as listed in the relevant qualification section

About this course

Course option

4years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Chemistry

**Tackle global challenges such as developing renewable energy and biomaterials, and combating chemical warfare. Whether you're looking for a change of career, or may not have the scientific background or entry requirements for a degree in Chemistry, our Foundation Year offers the opportunity to fill any knowledge gaps and build your confidence.**

This programme is designed for students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to Stage 1 of our degree courses, and is an excellent conversion course for applicants who have shown academic ability in non-science subjects.

Our distinctive programme includes a set of ‘chemistry in context’ modules where you can apply your knowledge to specific case studies, as well as the opportunity to work with our leading research teams on your own project.

**Reasons to study Chemistry with a Foundation Year at Kent**
* Our foundation year offers you the flexibility to progress to degrees across our Division of Natural Sciences. You may choose a degree in Chemistry, but equally you could opt for a degree within Forensic Science, Biosciences or Sport and Exercise Sciences.

* There may also be an opportunity to progress to a four-year MChem programme that includes a final-year research project.

* Fantastic industry-standard facilities, including a Raman spectrometer, two scanning electron microscopes (SEM), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system.

* Study a wide range of modules from core chemistry concepts to how it can help build a better world with an introduction to chemistry and the environment.

* Discover opportunities to spend a year on a professional placement, gaining valuable work experience, or spend a year studying abroad.

* Take a final-year research project which can help prepare you for further study including PhD.

* Benefit from our expert careers advice to give you the best possible start with a strong focus on your future career and how to get you there.

* Join ChemSoc, the Chemistry Society for all budding chemists, and take part in a range of social and career-focused talks and activities.

**What you'll learn**
* In your foundation year, you study compulsory modules in biology, chemistry and scientific methods, plus a choice of optional modules. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will have reached a standard above A level and so be fully equipped to tackle a BSc degree course.

* In the first year of your degree, you’ll develop a broad base on which chemistry is founded, before further developing your knowledge of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry and your practical laboratory skills in year two.

* In your final year, alongside advanced modules in organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry, you complete an individual research project with one of our research groups.

Modules

Foundation Year
Compulsory modules currently include:
Foundation Biology
Foundation Chemistry
Scientific Methods and Data Handling
Scientific Methods and Academic Skills Development
Optional modules may include:
Fundamental Human Biology and Genetics
Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science
Chemical Reactivity and Analysis

Year 1
Compulsory modules currently include:
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Chemistry and the Environment
Organic Chemistry 1: Structure and Reactivity
Inorganic Chemistry 1: Periodicity and Metals
Physical Chemistry 1: Energy and Rates
Experimental Chemistry 1

Year 2
Compulsory modules currently include:
Analytical Chemistry 1: Methods and Validation
Biochemistry: Biomolecules and Enzymes
Organic Chemistry 2: Molecular Synthesis
Inorganic Chemistry 2: Organometallics and Solid Stage
Physical Chemistry 2: Quantum Mechanics
Experimental Chemistry 2

Year 3
Compulsory modules currently include:
Analytical Chemistry 2: Advanced Methods
Materials Chemistry: Properties and Functions of Solids
Organic Chemistry 3: Advanced Synthesis
Inorganic Chemistry 3: Electronic Structure and Reactivity
Physical Chemistry 3: Computational Chemistry
Chemistry Research Project

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£22,700
per year
International
£22,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni

Course location:

University of Kent

Department:

School of Physical Sciences

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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.

84%
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

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
64%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

85%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
D

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
55%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Science, engineering and production technicians
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
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.

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.

£21k

£21k

£27k

£27k

£27k

£27k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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