Why study this course?
Our Chemistry (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree will provide you with a broad knowledge of chemistry as well as laboratory techniques, IT skills and practical job experience so you can graduate fully prepared to work in the world of science. This degree has a built-in foundation year that covers the key concepts of chemistry to fully prepare you for the following three years of your course.
The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and provides partial exemption from the academic requirements for Chartered Chemist status.
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In your foundation year you’ll learn the key concepts of biochemistry, biology, chemistry and mathematics as well as basic laboratory techniques. You’ll learn about cellular organisms, biomolecules and how to perform calculations on simple chemical systems. Later in the course you’ll cover the important aspects of forensic, pharmaceutical, medical and analytical science.
You’ll benefit from our £30 million Science Centre. This state-of-the-art facility will allow you to work with the kind of equipment you’ll find in science laboratories.
In your final year you’ll undertake a year-long research project based on a subject you’re interested in. In addition to this you have the choice of participating in a work placement to give you practical, hands-on experience to take into your chosen science career.
Throughout the course you’ll have the support of our staff, many of whom are industry experts or active researchers in the field. The encouragement and essential skills you build will boost your confidence to help you succeed on this four-year course.
Following your foundation year, you will study the same modules and content as those who study our Chemistry BSc (Hons) degree.
You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.
Where this course can take you
As a graduate from this course you’ll have an excellent combination of practical on-the-job experience and scientific theory. You’ll be fully equipped to enter a variety of scientific areas of employment.
You could work as an analytical chemist, biotechnologist, chemical engineer, forensic scientist, pharmacologist, toxicologist or a research scientist. The skills you gain on this course will also help you work in areas of biology, finance, geology, information technology, medicine, engineering and physics.
You could also choose to study a postgraduate degree to push your earning potential even further.
What is a degree with foundation year?
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.