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Chemistry FdSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Foundation degree / Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): F193
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Two years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

It’s about providing experience, opportunities and connections – whether that takes the form of completing a collaborative problem-solving project with industry, or learn using industry-standard equipment.

This is a two-year foundation degree that begins by giving you a broad knowledge of chemistry, before providing the option to specialise in pharmaceutical chemistry, materials chemistry or environmental chemistry in your second year.

Study for a BSc qualification

If your ambitions are to study for a BSc degree, we are here to support you and give you opportunities. Depending on your performance, you have a few options open to you. You can either fast track to Year Two of our BSc (Hons) Chemistry course at the end of your first year of this course. Or at the end of the two-year course, you can study for a further year to gain a BSc degree in Chemical Sciences (top-up) or BSc (Hons) Chemistry.

Staff and student community

Whatever the support you need – whether it’s support around your studies or university life in general – you can be sure we’ve got you covered. On the academic and practical side of things you’ll get the support of your lecturers, personal tutors and technical staff, so there’s always someone to turn to.

Our library also have an excellent mathematics and English support service. If you are struggling with a particularly tricky equation or can’t get started with a report you are writing, you can book a session and work it through with a specialist.

Our mentoring scheme gives you support from other students on your course. They can give you practical advice on how to tackle a particular part of your studies or more general guidance on life as a student. They’ve been there and can give you a students’ perspective.

Get industry experience

In the professional practice modules you’ll complete a project in collaboration with an external industry partner. This will get you prepared for the world of work by allowing you to apply the knowledge you have learned in your modules to real-world situations. We’ve also embedded employability skills in the course so you are not only learning theory and skills, but you know where to find your dream job and how to apply for it.

  • Fifth in the UK for student satisfaction in Chemistry (NSS 2021)

What you’ll study

Core chemistry modules are supported by practical workshop sessions. You have a choice of optional modules in Year Two that will allow you to specialise in an area of your choice.

Who will teach me?

We have a passionate team of experts, who are committed to providing you with all the skills and experience you need to build a successful career in industry or in research. We are proud to have won awards and recognition for our high levels of teaching and student satisfaction. As a student here, you will not only have the full support of your tutors, but you’ll also work with a highly skilled technical team who are on hand to help you throughout your studies.

Satisfied students

You can be sure you’ll be joining a high-quality course. But don’t just take our word for it - we consistently rank highly in the annual National Student Survey for student satisfaction in chemistry. We have been in the UK’s top 20 for the last 5 years.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

Introduction to Applied Organic Chemistry

Learn about the bonding and structure in organic molecules and functional group chemistry, with an emphasis on reactivity and mechanism.

Introduction to Applied Inorganic Chemistry

Learn the fundamental concepts of theoretical and practical chemistry as well as aspects such as inorganic complexation reactions, indicator theory and acid-base systems.

Introduction to Applied Physical Chemistry

Study physical chemistry including kinetic theory of gases, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, phase equilibria and distillation processes.

Introduction to Analytical Chemistry

Learn basic chemical principles including chromatography, applied optical spectroscopy, statistical tests, electroanalytical techniques and appropriate specialist methods.

Professional Development Foundation

Engage with real-life examples of how chemistry works, and gain an appreciation of the influence of social, economic or environmental factors on the way chemical sciences operate.

Introduction to Specialist Areas of Chemistry

Includes biological chemistry of drugs, polymeric materials and environmental issues.

Core modules

Applied Organic Chemistry

Learn more advanced concepts in synthetic organic chemistry, organic reaction mechanisms and reactivity as well as advanced structural analysis through organic spectroscopic techniques.

Applied Inorganic Chemistry

Develop the concepts introduced in Year One and learn about structural chemistry in relation to chemical behaviour, functionality, reactivity and identification of inorganic molecules.

Applied Physical Chemistry

Learn about the basic principles of surface and colloid chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and concepts of heat and mass transfer associated with industrial processes.

Analytical Chemistry

Builds on Year One with a focus on interfering sample matrices, quantitative and qualitative identification of multicomponent samples and measurements under non-ideal conditions.

Professional Practice Foundation

Get prepared for the world of work through a short placement. You’ll be able to apply and observe, analyse and evaluate a range of vocationally-relevant processes and attitudes.

BSc (Hons) Chemistry (optional)

If you successfully complete the FdSc, you can continue your studies and complete one extra year to gain BSc (Hons) Chemistry

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Chris Grose

The course itself appealed to me because it was completely different from any other university.

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How you’re taught

Hands-on learning

You’ll get to use our industry-standard equipment, such as our mass specs and x-ray crystallography, right from the very start of your course. From developing risk assessments and COSSH assessments you’ll know how a professional lab works and how to follow laboratory processes and protocols used in industry – all valuable skills to have before you graduate.

Contact hours

Year 1 - lectures/seminars/workshops (37%) and independent study (63%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (34%) and independent study (66%)

Staff Profiles

David Robinson

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Dr. Robinson is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, in the department of Chemistry and Forensics.

Lee Martin

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Lee is Year One Tutor for Chemistry, Module Leader for BSc Final Year Project, and Module Leader for Year Two Inorganic Chemistry.

John Hearn

Reader

School of Science & Technology

John Hearn

Warren Cross

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Warren Cross

Emma Smith

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Emma Smith

Quentin Hanley

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Quentin Hanley is a Reader in Analytical Chemistry and Head of Analytical Chemistry at Nottingham Trent University.

Gareth Cave

Principal Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Gareth Cave

Christopher Garner

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Christopher Garner

How you’re assessed

The majority of assessment is based on coursework. You’ll deliver assignments, poster presentations, laboratory assessments, reports, and case studies. You’ll also complete your final year dissertation. You will also be assessed via written examinations and multiple completion tests.

Year 1 - coursework (73%) and written (27%)

Year 2 - coursework (67%) and written (33%)

Careers and employability

This course does not include an optional placement year. However, it does include work experience modules and industry-related projects that will give you excellent experience and allow you to apply your skills in a vocational environment.

Your career development

Chemistry graduates have excellent employment prospects and possess a wide range of academic and transferable skills, including IT, communication, presentation skills, time management, and research techniques. These prepare you for careers where problem-solving, wealth creation and improving the quality of life are important.

Previous graduates have gone on to a variety of careers such as:

  • analytical chemist
  • laboratory technician
  • process analyst
  • technical scientist.

Progression to BSc courses

If you'd like to continue your studies and complete a BSc degree you have a few options open to you.

Fast track
If you perform well in your first year you can fast track to year two of our BSc (Hons) Chemistry course at the end of your first year of this course.

Top-up your Foundation Degree
At the end of the two-year foundation course, you can study for a further year to gain a BSc degree. Depending on your performance you can go onto either BSc (Hons) Chemical Sciences (top-up) or BSc (Hons) Chemistry.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

Our facilities

You cannot fail to be impressed with the Chemistry facilities on-campus. We have worked hard to create a stimulating and creative environment that will give you the knowledge and skills to put you ahead of the graduate crowd. Take our virtual tour and see our facilities for yourself.

Take a virtual tour of our Chemistry facilities

Our first-class facilities support our high-quality teaching and world-leading research across subjects and disciplines. As a Chemistry student you will have access to the:

  • Rosalind Franklin laboratory facility
  • Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research facility
  • Natural Sciences Research facility
  • on-campus crime scene training facility
  • British Olympic Association-approved environmental chamber.

Outside of our science facilities, we have a dedicated teaching and learning building which is home to lecture theatres and innovative teaching spaces. The Clifton Pavilion sits at the heart of the campus and provides a contemporary study and social space, where you can relax, grab a coffee, and work on projects independently or in groups.

Entry requirements

64 UCAS Tariff points

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – DDE, including Chemistry grade D; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP, including relevant Chemistry modules; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade D equivalent in Chemistry.
  • GCSE – English, Maths and Science grade C / 4

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

This course does not attract Tier 4 sponsorship.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – DDE, including Chemistry grade D; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP, including relevant Chemistry modules; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade D equivalent in Chemistry.
  • GCSE – English, Maths and Science grade C / 4

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

A deposit is required for laboratory lockers (approximately £5)

Tuition fees 

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government. See our fees for 2022 entry.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

A deposit is required for laboratory lockers (approximately £5)

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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