FdSc

Chemistry

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Top
20
In the UK for Chemistry
in The Guardian University Guide 2019
  • UCAS code(s): F193
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This course is designed to prepare you for further study or for a career in chemistry related disciplines. It’s ideal if you’ve not quite achieved the grades you wanted or if you’re a mature student who wants to get back into education.

The course is really flexible, giving you the opportunity to specialise in pharmaceutical chemistry, materials chemistry or environmental chemistry in your second year. Many of our students also go on to complete the BSc (Hons) Chemistry course after successfully completing the foundation degree qualification.

Throughout the course, you’ll develop a broad knowledge base which is practical in nature, giving you the skills to apply chemical sciences in a professional working environment.

Our students really enjoy studying Chemistry with us and we were extremely proud to be voted top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction in Chemistry (National Student Survey 2018).

We are:

  • Top 20 university in the UK for Chemistry (Guardian University League Table 2019)
  • Top 20 university in the UK for Chemistry (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • Top 20 university in the UK for Chemistry (The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019)

Top 20 university in the UK for Chemistry (The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019)

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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.

Take a look at our Academic Team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.

  • Year One

    Introduction to Organic Chemistry

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

    Introduction to 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 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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Optional modules – choose one from:

    Pharmaceutical Chemistry

    Introduces you to the processes involved in drug discovery and the steps taken by the medicinal chemist in order to take a lead compound and develop a drug for market.

    Modern Day Materials

    Develop an awareness of the impact of advanced materials science on modern-day life through a series of lectures and laboratory demonstrations on the applications of carbon and composite materials.

    Applied Instrumental Analysis

    Develop an understanding of how modern analytical instrumentation and radiochemical techniques are used to solve real-world problems in areas such as research, industry and the regulatory sectors.

    Chemical Technology

    This module brings chemistry into reality starting with the introduction of both fundamental and practical knowledge of applied chemistry in commercial applications and taking it through to the industrial environment.

  • 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

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You’ll be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences which will help you develop a range of important transferable skills. As well as traditional lectures and seminars, you’ll take part in workshops, group projects, and oral presentations.

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.

Assessment methods

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 (36%) and independent study 64(%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (33%) and independent study 67%)

Careers and employability

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.

This course is ideal for students looking to further their study and progress onto the BSc (Hons) Chemistry.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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)

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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)

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

Science and Technology course enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 8351