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FdSc

Chemistry

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Year Of Entry

2022
  • UCAS code(s): F193
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Course duration: 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information


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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)

Accredited by:

Royal Society of Chemistry
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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.

  • Year One

    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.

  • Year Two

    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.

  • Year Three

    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

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.

Assessment methods

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%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

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

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

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.

Entry requirements

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

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

This course does not attract Tier 4 sponsorship.

If you do not meet these entry requirements you may be able to join the OpenPlus scheme we are running with the Open University (OU). The scheme involves part-time study, with the OU, followed by two years’ full-time study with us to complete this degree programme. Visit the OpenPlus pages on the Open University website for more details.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

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

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

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!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

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.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

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)

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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)

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