BSc (Hons) Chemistry (Including foundation year)

This Chemistry course is for applicants who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry to the BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree. You will benefit from a course that begins with a foundation year providing well structured support to develop your scientific skills and knowledge.

We have an extensive range of modern equipment in new, specialist laboratories. This means you will gain valuable experience of the important techniques used by the chemical industries, which will be an advantage when you apply for graduate jobs. Our BSc Chemistry course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the professional body for chemists, which means that every graduate with an RSC accredited degree is eligible for RSC professional membership (e.g. AMRSC).

Study Mode 2017 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 4 Years September Pontypridd
Study Mode 2018 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 4 Years September Pontypridd

Our chemistry degree places an emphasis on analytical chemistry and modern aspects of chemical science to develop your ability to think logically and apply the principles of chemistry to any area.

As well as traditional aspects of physical, inorganic, analytical and organic chemistry, you will also study biological chemistry, environmental chemistry, organometallic chemistry and toxicology. During the fourth year of your chemistry degree you can undertake a practical research project of your choice, under the supervision of an academic member of staff.

Modules:

Year One

  • Foundation Chemistry
  • Foundation Physical Science
  • Learning, Communication and Employability in Science
  • Foundation Biology
  • Foundations of Mathematics
  • Foundation Statistics
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology

Year Two

  • Biological Chemistry
  • Analytical Methods for Chemical Sciences
  • Laboratory Safety and Practice
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Fundamental Inorganic Chemistry

Year Three

  • Heterocyclic Chemistry and an Introduction to Drug Design
  • Spectroscopy
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry 2
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry

Year Four

  • Chemistry Project
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Teaching

You will be taught by highly experienced staff through lectures, tutorials and practical work. A typical week involves six lectures, ten to twelve hours of practical work, plus some small group tutorials. Self directed study plays a part in all modules and you will be supported by using the University’s virtual learning environment.

Assessment

You will complete coursework as you progress, and sit exams at the end of each academic year. Assessments include practical reports, essays, presentations and exams.

UCAS Code
W3N7
Institution Code
W01

Accreditations

The BSc (Hons) Chemistry course is accredited by The Royal Society of Chemistry

Facilities

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

EE to include a relevant Science subject but excluding General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

N/A

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass in a relevant subject

Typical IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level to include Science or Maths.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Maths or Science Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Chemistry is involved in every part of our day-today lives, the medicines we take, the fuels we use, our food and clothing, and how we dispose of our waste. Chemists are the people in industry, medicine and research who try to improve the quality of our lives through their work

Chemists are capable of successful careers in a wide range of scientific, business and commercial areas, including food science, pharmaceutical research or development, and environmental monitoring. Our graduates have gained work in public or commercial laboratories, forensic science services and education, while many continue to postgraduate research. The skills you gain from a degree in chemistry are valued in other professions, for example, to train for careers in patent law or accountancy.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.