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Year of Entry 2021/22
BSc (Honours)

Chemistry with Foundation Year

Develop your understanding of chemical concepts through practical laboratory sessions, gaining hands-on experience of cutting-edge analytical instrumentation and modern synthesis methods.


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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

  • Develop real-world chemistry problem-solving skills in the context of biological, environmental, materials and pharmaceutical science.
  • Gain experience of industrially-relevant analytical instrumentation, modern synthetic techniques and application of computing in chemistry.
  • Take the opportunity to complete a work placement – either in the UK or abroad. 
  • Transfer onto an MChem route for a specialist year of research intensive study working alongside our internationally recognised researchers

Chemistry impacts everything around you. This course will give you the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to be part of exciting scientific developments that affect all areas of life. 

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) courses, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation year. You will build your confidence in biology, chemistry and maths, and apply your theoretical knowledge in practical laboratory sessions. You will also familiarise yourself with Sheffield Hallam’s staff and facilities — ensuring that you are fully prepared to begin at degree level study.

How you learn

Throughout the course you will develop practical skills in our state-of-the-art laboratories. You will learn underlying theories that support chemistry – alongside the data analysis, project design and management skills required to be an independent scientist. 

In years 1 and 2 you will gain a breadth of knowledge in physical, organic, inorganic and analytical chemistry. In your final year you have a choice of modules which will allow you to specialise in a specific area of chemistry. 

The foundation course content is delivered and assessed in a variety of innovative and exciting ways, helping you to gain skills required for success on your chosen degree route. You will study 6 modules designed to prepare you for future success while studying one of our bioscience or chemistry degrees. Attending and participating in the laboratory activities is central to your course, as it is where you develop not only practical skills, but also learn to keep effective records and analyse data, as well as working both independently and with others.

You learn through

  • core lectures and workshops
  • practical lab sessions 
  • small group academic tutorials
  • field trips
  • project work

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 have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement between your second and third year – either in the UK or abroad. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. In previous years students have obtained placements in  pharmaceutical and materials chemical industries, scientific recruitment agencies and in education. By securing a placement with one of our industry partners, you will enter the jobs market with a CV that attracts employer attention.

Completion of a year-long work placement will allow you to achieve an Advanced Professional Diploma alongside your degree.

Research Project

During your final year you will combine the skills and knowledge you have gained to undertake a specialist research project working alongside an expert in your chosen subject area. Opportunities are available for both lab and non lab-based science projects allowing you the flexibility to focus on a specific area of interest.

Field trips

Students have benefited from a European field trip to world renowned chemical research facilities. The trip included tours of the facilities, seminars and discussions with leading chemists, as well as exposure to the culture of the region. The majority of the cost for this trip was covered by the university. 

Networking opportunities

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) will help you to connect with the wider chemistry community. Representatives and staff from Sheffield Hallam’s Chemistry Society (ChemSoc) sit on the committee for the local section of the RSC – so they will keep you up to date with the latest local and national chemistry events.

Competitions

Each year students have the opportunity to showcase their project work to the department of Biosciences and Chemistry, and in the final year at a national chemistry conference gaining invaluable skills in presenting to the scientific community.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a wide range of careers including:

  • analytical science
  • academic chemistry research 
  • pharmaceutical and drug development
  • polymer and materials chemistry
  • regulatory affairs and chemical patent law
  • teaching and education
  • scientific sales and recruitment

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for world-leading companies such as:

  • analytical chemists at AstraZeneca
  • biological monitors for the Health and Safety Laboratory
  • validation chemists for Waters Ltd
  • polymer scientists at Reckitt Benckiser
  • communications account manager at Notch Scientific Communications

Many graduates also progress to specialist Masters 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.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you will work in new specialist synthetic chemistry laboratories – part of the £10 million STEM development at Sheffield Hallam – including state-of-the-art instrumentation in all aspects of chemistry. Examples of facilities you will have access to include 

  • 400MHz & 48MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers 
  • high-specification hyphenated mass spectrometers
  • infra-red and UV/visible spectrometers 
  • atomic absorption/emission spectrometers
  • chromatographic instruments (HPLC, LC and GC) 
  • glassware, fume hoods and glove boxes for synthetic chemistry
  • High Performance Computing (HPC) access for computational chemistry 

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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 will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

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
Exam
Module: Chemistry: Atoms To Molecules Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Chemistry: Energy And Reactions Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
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
Exam
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 2 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Practical

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
Exam
Module: Advanced Organic Synthesis And Spectroscopy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Medicinal Chemistry And Drug Discovery Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
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.

Additional costs for Biosciences and chemistry courses (PDF)

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