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This course, written and validated by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) covers topics, typically included in the first 2 years of a modern chemistry BSc: inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and green chemistry. The part-time course lasts 3 years. It is suitable both for day release students who are employed in local industry and those, for whom part-time study is the better option.

Course details

As a part time student, you will complete 12 modules, over 3 years. You will study six level 4 modules and six level 5 modules over 3 years.

Level 4:

  • 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

Level 5:

  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry: Applications in analytical science
  • Advanced analytical chemistry
  • Laboratory chemistry
  • Project module
Entry guidelines

Students should have 4 good GCSEs (A* - C/9 - 4) including double science, English and maths plus 2 A levels (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.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

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 the 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, if they choose to. Students will have access to the UCLan library which includes e-books and e-journals. 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.

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. This 'top-up' can also be delivered at UCLan as a one year, full-time programme. Students will gain significant knowledge and understanding of chemical processes and laboratory techniques used in chemical industry. There is therefore the opportunity to progress to a variety of careers within chemical industry.

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When does this course run?

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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