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Overview

The UWS BSc Chemistry course provides you with the fundamental knowledge of the subject and practical skills you need for a career in the dynamic fields of drug research, environmental analysis and forensic science.

Our course includes practical aspects to develop your analytical, problem-solving and numeracy skills. Small-group workshops, tutorials and presentations will improve your communication and presentation skills, making you attractive to employers in many areas of industry and commerce.

With much of the course teaching carried out in small groups, there is opportunity to explore subjects in greater depth, giving you the edge you need for a successful career.

The UWS School of Science and Sport has an enthusiastic and committed staff team that provides a supportive learning environment and a flexible approach to study.

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Professional Approval and Accreditation 

Our programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The RSC accreditation is a rigorous evaluation process that is respected around the world. It helps students, their parents and advisers choose high quality degree programmes, and graduates will have an advantage when applying for jobs and in looking for professional qualifications. 

Study Abroad 

UWS offers opportunities for our students to study abroad via our exchange programmes.  

Study abroad is extremely beneficial to personal and professional development and research has shown that worldwide employers value graduates with intercultural awareness and global competences. 

Placement Opportunities 

There may be opportunities for short placements and work experience during your degree. Past placement employers have included pharmaceutical companies such as Almac and Warner-ChilcottRandox (medical diagnostics), and Seagate (computer components).

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of students in work and/or study 6 months after graduating.

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of BSc Chemistry students were satisfied or very satisfied with the academic support

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
 
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
 
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC including Chemistry or 102 UCAS Tariff points
  • A levels: CCD including Chemistry or 88 UCAS Tariff points
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Chemistry
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points including Chemistry
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Science BBB including Chemistry or Access to Medicine BBB

 

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: BBC including Chemistry plus 1 science subject at Standard Grade / National 5 level or 136 UCAS Tariff points
  • A levels: BBC including Chemistry plus 1 science subject at GCSE level or 112 UCAS Tariff points
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points including Chemistry and 1 science subject plus 4 subjects at Higher Level
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Chemistry or Applied Science or Industrial Biotechnology (Applicant Interviews may be required)

 

Year 3

  •  SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Applied Science or Applied Chemical Science (Applicant Interview may be required)

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0


For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0


For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Our teaching in the first two years aims to give a balanced treatment of all the main branches of the subject. In the third and fourth years we develop a selection of topics in more depth, and offer options which enable students to tailor their programmes to suit their own aptitudes and interests.

Year 1

Students study a common course with the Chemical Engineers, giving them an understanding of how the two subjects relate to each other and an opportunity to transfer if they decide they are better suited to the other discipline. Key to this is a course structure permitting students to study both introductory Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering, alongside a couple of skills modules equipping students to proceed on either degree course. 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning:32% 
  • Independent study:68% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written:56% 
  • Practical:6% 
  • Coursework: 38%

Year 2

Students are required to take six modules of chemistry, designed to extend their knowledge of the traditional subject areas of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, in addition to introducing aspects of applied chemistry, spectroscopy and theoretical chemistry. Each of the modules contain both practical and coursework components allowing students to develop, practice and demonstrate a wide range of professional skills. 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning:35% 
  • Independent study:65% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written:66% 
  • Practical:20% 
  • Coursework: 14%

Year 3

You will study compulsory chemistry courses that provide a foundation for the remaining honours years. If you are studying the chemical physics programme you will take a combination of chemistry and physics courses. 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning:37% 
  • Independent study:63% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written:66% 
  • Practical:15% 
  • Coursework: 19%

Sandwich Year (optional)

The Honours sandwich course offers a year’s paid work experience between years 3 and 4 within an environment relevant to your specialism. Students have undertaken placement/work-based learning with organisation such as Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Doosan Babcock and Taytech Environmental Solutions. 

Year 4

In the Honours you will study advanced topics in chemistry including aspects of synthetic methods, medicinal chemistry, colloids, catalysis, quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and main group, and transition metal chemistry. In your final year you will undertake a research project at the frontiers of the subject. 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning:44% 
  • Independent study:56% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written:67% 
  • Practical:13% 
  • Coursework: 20%

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and guided laboratory work. 

There will also be group work, literature reports and research projects in order to ensure our degrees provide a strong set of additional skills, such as presentational and communicative skills. 

Our Chemistry degrees use a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect: 

  • Written examinations 
  • Oral presentation 
  • Written reports 
  • Coursework 
  • Academic posters

Learn a language (Optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. View the language modules on offer.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career prospects

Jobs

Many graduates move into careers in the oil, chemical or pharmaceutical industries, in sales and marketing or research and development roles. 

Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of business management roles in prestigious international organisations including: Manpower, Larkspur Training, SEI Investments, Foxtons, Next, William Hill, Sports Direct, Co-op, M&S, Waitrose, Chelsea FC, Chase Anderson, Southwark Council and Fitch Training. 

In roles such as: Operations Manager, Junior Operations Manager, HR Consultant, Trainee Manager, Depot Manager, Practice Manager, Housing Officer, L&D Adviser, Investment Banker, Sales Manager, Analyst and Graduate Teaching Assistant. 

The programme also prepares you for a variety of other careers, including areas such as management, finance or IT.

Further Study

Some graduates choose further study, leading to an MSc, PhD or teaching qualification. See list of courses available.

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.
 
In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
 
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses


The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
 
You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40

GO TO UCAS


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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