Foundation Degree in Chemistry - S154

12 Quays Full Time Higher Education Duration 2 years

This course, written and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) covers topics, typically included in the first 2 years of a modern chemistry BSc including inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and green chemistry.

This Chemistry foundation degree is taught at our multi-million pound Twelve Quays campus in Birkenhead.

Course Details

You will study level 4 modules in the first year and level 5 units in the second year. The level 4 modules:

  • Basic Skills for Chemists (practical chemistry and mathematics)
  • Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Physical Chemistry
  • Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
  • Sustainability and the Chemical Industry

The level 5 modules:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry: Applications in Analytical Science
  • Laboratory Chemistry
  • Project Module
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Entry Guidelines

You should have 4 good GCSEs (A* - C/9 - 4) including double science, English and mathematics plus two A levels (Grade D or above), one of which must be in chemistry.

Equivalent qualifications such as the BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma and Access to HE courses will be considered as alternatives, providing there is significant chemistry content.

Assessment Method

The majority of level 4 modules are assessed by assignments and in-class tests. A portfolio of laboratory work must also be maintained.

The majority of level 5 modules have fewer assignments than the level 4 modules and will have a formal examination.

A project report is a requirement of the project module.

Additional Information

Good links are maintained with the University so that students will feel comfortable with progressing to UCLan.

Students will have access to the UCLan library which includes e-books and e-journals. Applications for this course are normally made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) at www.ucas.com

We also offer a part-time course which lasts for three years. It is suitable both for day release students employed in local industry and those for whom part-time study is a better option.

Typically, a single module will require about 8 hours per week. This normally consists of between two to four hours contact time with staff in lectures, practical sessions or tutorials and the rest in private study, reading around the subject or preparing assignments.

Please click here for more information about the College's policies and procedures.

There are no additional costs required to complete this course.

Where can I progress to?

There will be the opportunity to progress to a two year, part time BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree delivered at the College upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree. After completing this course, there is opportunity to transfer directly to year 3 of BSc (Hons) Chemistry at UCLan.

Students will gain significant knowledge and understanding of chemical processes and laboratory techniques used in the chemical industry. There is therefore the opportunity to progress to a variety of careers within chemical industry.

Apply Now

Course information correct at 02.07.20

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services via our online enquiry form


Need help choosing the right course?

Please complete the below form and one of our friendly Student Advisers will be in touch to discuss your options.


Never miss an opportunity!

Sign up for alerts on our latest events, offers and course availability

Investors in People logo Matrix logo QQA logo Ofsted logo Disability Confident Employer logo European Union, European Social Fund logo Education and Skills Funding Agency logoLiverpool City Region and Metro Mayor Liverpool City Region logo