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Aston University, Birmingham

Chemistry

UCAS Code: F100

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-B,B,B

including minimum Grade B Chemistry (and passing the practical element).

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Subject related Access at level 3 including only Distinctions in Chemistry.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Maths Grade C/4 and English Language Grade C/4

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

with minimum 5, 5, 4 at Higher Level subjects including Chemistry grade 5.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

with minimum grade B in A Level Chemistry. Please check Aston's website for other BTEC combinations.

UCAS Tariff

112-120

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

95%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Chemistry

Our BSc Chemistry course is offered as either a three or four year course with integrated placement year. It emphasises the commercial as well as industrial application of chemistry. We aim to expand your fundamental chemical knowledge, refine your professional, scientific and technical skills and to develop your personal, communication and management skills.

This course caters for the needs of ‘pure’ chemists whilst providing the opportunity to explore the industrial, pharmaceutical, technological and commercial dimensions of chemistry. Business and other specialist topics are built into our courses enabling you to develop valuable management skills. You share your first year with chemical engineers, to gain a deeper insight into industrial processes.

The broad grounding in the principles of chemistry will prepare you to enter research, development or production in the chemical industry or to undertake postgraduate research or teaching certificates. Alternatively you may pursue a career in areas as diverse as commerce, administration, accounting, banking or the civil service.

Ultimately you will be equipped for a successful career in chemistry, the chemical industries or a vast range of alternative scientific, business and professional occupations such as teaching.

Key course benefits:

- Ranked in the top 25 institutes for Chemistry (Guardian League Table 2017)

- 100% of Chemistry students were satisfied with the Teaching on their course in the 2017 National Student Survey

- Chemistry at Aston is ranked 7th in UK for Teaching Quality in the 2017 Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide

- Our optional placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects.

Modules

Years 1 and 2 Inorganic; Organic; Physical; Biological and Polymer Chemistry; Thermodynamics; Mathematics; Chemical Processes and Process Design; Chemical Kinetics; Polymer Science; Bioscience; Spectroscopy. Placement year The 4 year sandwich course incorporates spending the third year in a paid professional placement gaining valuable and practical experience. Final year Advanced Chemistry topics; Polymer Science; Biomaterials; Analytical Techniques. A full list of modules is available on the website. The 3 year course results in a BSc in Chemistry – if you choose to extend your study to the 4 year degree by including a placement year, the degree awarded is the BSc in Applied Chemistry.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Engineering and Applied Science

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


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Chemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

97%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Chemistry graduates are in demand from a wide range of industries, from the food, oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to consultancy, technical analysis and teaching. They're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills — anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs - but good students can usually get grants to take a doctorate, so don't worry about the financing if you think you have what it takes. The recession wasn’t too kind to chemists, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), but things are getting back to normal for this flexible group and it's one of the few degrees that is bucking the current trend and increasing graduate numbers.

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