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Year of Entry 2021/22
BSc (Honours)

Chemistry with Foundation Year

Gain a degree in chemistry, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 64 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A047
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
  • Attain the knowledge to solve real-world chemistry problems in the context of biological, environmental, materials and pharmaceutical science.
  • Gain experience of industrially relevant analytical instrumentation and modern synthetic methodologies.
  • Achieve an appreciation of the importance of risk assessment protocols and development of project management skills.
  • Choose to transfer onto the MChem qualification.

Develop the skills to achieve in a wide variety of employment, including industrial and academic research and development.

Optional transfer to the MChem qualification is aimed at students wanting to pursue a career in research and is suitable for students who achieve good results during years one and two of the BSc route.

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Chemistry course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other biosciences and chemistry foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

You learn not only practical skills, but also to keep effective records, analyse data, design and plan procedures. You work both independently and with others.

You learn through

  • core lectures
  • laboratory work
  • small group academic tutorials

In the foundation year, you’ll attain the academic and practical skills required for level 4 study. You’ll build your confidence in biology, chemistry and maths, and apply your theoretical knowledge in practical lab sessions. You’ll also familiarise yourself with Sheffield Hallam’s staff and facilities — ensuring that you’re fully prepared to begin as an undergraduate.

Course leaders and tutors

Alex Hamilton
Alex Hamilton
Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry

My teaching covers all aspects of Physical Chemistry. My research group apply state-of-the-art computational simulations to understand reaction mechanisms and design … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

Networking opportunities

This course benefits from accreditation by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), which helps you to connect with the wider chemistry community.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • analytical science
  • research and pharmaceutical development
  • regulatory affairs
  • teaching
  • IT
  • accountancy
  • marketing

Previous graduates of BSc (Honours) Chemistry have gone on to work as

  • biological monitors for the Health and Safety Laboratory
  • validation chemists for Waters Ltd
  • external manufacturer quality leaders at Reckitt Benckiser
  • operations managers at Pure Melt Ltd
  • quality and technical graduates at Tesco PLC

Many graduates also choose to progress to specialist postgraduate courses or carry out research for a PhD to enhance their scientific careers.

Student View

Watch student Joe Anslow describe his experience on placement at Tata Steel.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you will work with

  • new specialist laboratories, part of the £10 million STEM development, that use the same type of equipment found in industry
  • state-of-the-art instrumentation in all aspects of chemistry

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 64

From A levels to include at least 24 points in any one A level or BTEC National qualification. Also need to have at least 16 points from a science subject (biology/chemistry/physics or maths). We do not accept general studies.For example:

  • CC at A Level
  • MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in a science based subject. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent
  • Science at grade C or 4

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

If you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Biology: Cells And Molecules Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Biology: Organs And Systems Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Chemistry: Atoms To Molecules Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Chemistry: Energy And Reactions Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Maths Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Skills Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Concepts In Physical Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Fundamentals Of Organic Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Introduction To Inorganic And Materials Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Principles Of Chemistry And Analytical Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Analytical And Bioanalytical Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Chemistry And Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Organic And Biological Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Physical And Inorganic Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 2 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Research Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Analytical Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Advanced Inorganic, Physical & Materials Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Advanced Organic Synthesis And Spectroscopy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Medicinal Chemistry And Drug Discovery Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Pharmacology Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Practical

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/2022 are £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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