Why study this course?
Our Natural Sciences (Chemistry) (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) is the ideal course if you’re interested in studying natural sciences, particularly chemistry, but don’t have the qualifications you need to start a standard undergraduate degree.
The foundation year will introduce you to the laboratory environment, help you develop key scientific and mathematical skills, and give you confidence to succeed in your subsequent years of study when you will explore natural sciences and chemistry in more depth.
More about this course
The in-built foundation year on this course will introduce you to a broad range of scientific disciplines, providing you with a basic knowledge of key scientific ideas and concepts that you will take with you through the rest of the degree.
In addition to learning about important scientific processes, you will also develop your skills in other areas that are vital when studying science, such as research, mathematics and referencing.
During the subsequent years of the course, you will explore natural sciences and chemistry in more depth and get the same choice of modules as those who study our Natural Sciences (Chemistry) BSc (Hons) degree.
Many of your classes will give you the opportunity to get hands-on practical experience in our cutting-edge superlab. One of the largest and most advanced teaching labs in Europe, our superlab is housed within the University’s £30 million Science Centre and has 280 workstations where you can conduct experiments and learn in a state-of-the-art scientific setting.
This course shares its foundation year with a number of our other science-based foundation year degrees, which allows you to share ideas across a wide range of scientific disciplines.
Following your foundation year, you may decide that you’d like to specialise in a different science-related subject, in which case there is flexibility to do so.
On graduation, you’ll be awarded a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year undergraduate course.
Assessments will include practical reports, posters, presentations, essays, short-answer tests and examinations.
Where this course can take you
This course can help kick-start your career in science, be it in a research, laboratory, healthcare or educational setting. You’ll also develop a wide range of transferable skills, which you can take with you into any role.
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 don’t meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.