Do you have an interest in Chemistry but do not have the relevant scientific background? Then this course is for you. Use this one year foundation course to gain knowledge and skills in the fundamentals of arithmetic, graphical methods, analysis and reactivity needed for one of our analytical and organic chemistry degrees. Studying Chemistry at Kent offers you an extensive laboratory experience, and you'll discover how to apply chemistry to help solve real-world problems such as human health, climate change and our increased energy demand.
Our Chemistry department has a strong teaching record in analytical chemistry and we are proud to link our world-leading research on materials chemistry to our undergraduate programmes. All practical classes take place in our newly refurbished laboratories, where you use the latest equipment.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to complete an individual research project in your final year, equipping you with a range of valuable skills. Upon graduation you will have acquired the practical experience, scientific knowledge and transferable skills to pursue a career in a range of fields including research and development, pharmaceutical and energy. You also benefit from our expert careers advice to give you the best possible start with a strong focus on your future career and how to get you there.
This programme is fully accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
Chemistry at Kent is a distinctive programme and includes a set of ‘chemistry in context’ modules where you apply your knowledge to specific case studies. You will also learn skills and knowledge that you can apply to solving real world problems through modules such as "Chemistry and the Environment".
Your foundation year is designed to equip you with a wide range of skills and knowledge in the fundamentals of arithmetic, graphical methods, analysis and reactivity. You will also get the chance to learn more about University life and pick up additional skills around time management and self-study.
In the first year of our standard BSc, you are introduced to the broad base of knowledge on which chemistry is founded. In your second year, you further develop your knowledge of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry and improve your practical laboratory skills.
In your final year, alongside advanced modules in organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry, you also complete an individual research project where you'll gain valuable skills in conducting and directing scientific research, data analysis and interpretation, problem solving and communication.
Our degrees are not only designed to give the best possible start to your career, but they are also flexible so that you can do the best degree for you. After completing a foundation year, the door is open to a variety of degrees with Kent.
As well as our three year BSc, you can opt to complete a professional placement to put into practice the skills you learnt and make valuable industry contacts, study abroad for a year or work as part of a research group doing cutting-edge work group with our four-year integrated masters, the MChem.
We recently invested £10 million in our laboratories and improved our general study spaces. Facilities to support chemistry include a full characterisation suite for materials containing:
As well as a fascinating course with great opportunities to further your career potential we work hard to give you the best possible wider student experience.
You will be part of an international scientific community of physics and astronomy, chemistry and forensic science, bioscience and medical and sport science students, as well as being able to join a range of student-led societies and groups.
As well as inspiring you to realise your potential, we are here to support this with excellent in-house student support to assist with pastoral issues and careers experts with specialist knowledge as well as Academic advisors and peer mentors to help with your studies.
You are encouraged to participate in conferences and professional events to build up your knowledge of the science community and enhance your professional development.
You are more than your grades
At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.
Please also see our general entry requirements.
For those with a relevant science qualification our standard offer is CD - with one subject to be Chemistry or Biology. For those without a relevant science qualification, our standard offer is BB.
The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) at 120 credits or more, on a case by case basis. Please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.
34 points overall or 11 at HL including HL Chemistry or Biology at 4 or SL Chemistry or Biology at 5.
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International students should visit our International Student website for further specific information. International fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot study part-time due to visa restrictions.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
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Duration: BSc 4 years, 5 with a Sandwich Year. MChem 5 years.
The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
In the foundation year and at Stage 1, the modules listed are all compulsory.
After successfully completing the foundation year you can transfer on to any three or four year Chemistry course. Please refer to the BSc Chemistry, BSc Chemistry with a Year in Industry or MChem Chemistry course for more information about specific modules for stages 1-4.
The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
There are approximately eight one-hour lectures each week, laboratory classes, project work and problem-solving seminars.
Assessment is by a combination of written examinations, continuous assessment and other assignments. You must pass the Stage 1 examinations in order to go on to Stage 2. Coursework assessments include practical laboratory skills, presentation skills as well as essay and report writing.
Please note that you must pass all modules of the foundation year in order to progress onto stage 1.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
The programme aims to:
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
You gain transferable skills in the following:
For graduate prospects, Chemistry at the University of Kent was ranked 6th in The Complete University Guide 2022 and 6th in The Times Good University Guide 2021.
You graduate with an excellent grounding in scientific knowledge and extensive laboratory experience. In addition, you also develop the key transferable skills sought by employers, such as:
This means that our graduates are well equipped for careers across a range of fields and have gone on to work for companies such as SG Technologies Ltd., Reckitt, Concept Life Sciences, and GSK. You can read their stories, and find out about the range of support and extra opportunities available to further your career potential here
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Please visit the 2022 entry course pages.
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