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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Chemistry
Student score
81% MED
% employed or in further study
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£18.3k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Typical offer will be 104 Points to include minimum 3 A Levels to include grades BC from Chemistry and one further science subject: Maths, Physics, Statistics, Geology, Environmental, Biology, Human Biology, Use of Maths, Applied Science, Science in the Environment, Engineering, Psychology, Product Design, Economics. Exclude General Studies

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

In a science subject with relevant Chemistry Units

International Baccalaureate

to include grades 4 and 5 at Higher Level to include Chemistry and a further Science subject: Maths, Physics, Statistics, Geology, Environmental, Biology, Human Biology, Use of Maths, Applied Science, Science in the Environment, Engineering, Psychology, Product Design, Economics. English and Maths accepted within.

UCAS tariff points

Typical offer will be 104 Points to include minimum 3 A Levels to include grades BC from Chemistry and one further science subject: Maths, Physics, Statistics, Geology, Environmental, Biology, Human Biology, Use of Maths, Applied Science, Science in the Environment, Engineering, Psychology, Product Design, Economics. Exclude General Studies

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Chemistry is a science that requires hands-on, practical professionals. Our course places problem solving, communication, and project management at the core of what we do, equipping you with the skills to stand out in the workplace. Our internationally respected research informs our teaching right from the start, so you’ll combine theory with laboratory time and real-world experience to become a professional chemist. Graduate ready to step into your career, inside or outside of the laboratory. Benefit from outstanding teaching: in the 2016 National Student Survey 95 per cent of our final year students said that 'Staff are good at explaining things'. Our students say our teaching is outstanding: they gave us 88 per cent on ‘overall satisfaction’ in the latest National Student Survey. 95 per cent of our students say our course is 'intellectually stimulating' in the 2016 National Student Survey. Our staff are 'enthusiastic about what they are teaching' say 86 per cent of our students in the latest National Student Survey. Benefit from a course with excellent 'staff contact': 93 per cent of our students say so, as stated in the 2016 National Student Survey. A course offering good 'advice and support' to students during their studies: 83 per cent of our students say in the latest National Student Survey. Equip yourself for successful employment in a competitive job market – our focus on practical, professional skills means you graduate primed to enter the workplace. Benefit from award-winning teaching in small groups and be inspired by staff who are world-leading researchers. Stand out from the crowd with professional recognition through our accreditation from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Hone your practical problem solving skills in our newly-refurbished laboratories, kitted out with the latest analytical instrumentation. Get the most out of your studies with our tutorial system, ensuring that you receive the support and guidance you need to reach your full potential. Maximise your hands-on laboratory time and learn through doing – this course is structured to be as practical as possible, with 70 per cent of assessment based on coursework. Experience chemistry in the real world and boost your employability by taking a placement, work-based project in your final year, or working alongside PhD and post-doctoral researchers in our high specification laboratories. Graduate with in-demand skills for a range of career paths, from research and development in the pharmaceutical industry and lab-based roles in the food and energy industries, to positions in the science, engineering, healthcare, environmental or technology sectors.


In your first year, you’ll take part in workshops, lectures, tutorials and practical sessions, providing you with the essential skills and knowledge for a degree in chemistry. You’ll learn about core chemical principles and chemical problem solving, as well as IT and laboratory techniques. You’ll begin developing personal and professional skills to boost your employability in the science workplace. In year two you will build on the theoretical and practical areas covered in your first year, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry. You’ll be trained in the use of advanced instrumentation and develop the skills and knowledge to tackle chemical problems in real-life contexts; laying the foundations for more extended projects. You’ll continue your personal and professional development, gaining problem solving and teamwork skills essential to the workplace. In the final year you will study chemistry at an advanced level, you’ll explore contemporary chemical issues and focus on developing your skills to a professional standard. You’ll hone your practical skills and project management know-how by planning and undertaking a project with an internationally recognised research group, working with the latest instrumentation and paving your way for successful entry into your profession. There’s also an opportunity to experience a work-based learning placement within the industry. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Plymouth University

Roland Levinsky building

Plymouth is a top 50 UK research institution with genuine clusters of world class expertise across areas as diverse as marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. With 21,000 students and a further 17,000 studying University of Plymouth awards at partner colleges, it is one of largest higher education providers in the country, and has a strong track record in teaching with one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 84%
Student score 81% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
1% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
32% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
312 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
80% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 93% MED
Average graduate salary £18.3k LOW
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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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