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University of Southampton

Chemistry with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: F108

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

BBB at A level to include no more than one science subject relevant to your application.

AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh)

D

D + BB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh)

DDD

Distinction in all modules

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh)

D*D*

D*D*+B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)

DD

DD + B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

The University of Southampton recognises the educational value of taking AS Levels alongside three A Levels and the breadth of studying additional subjects. However, all of our programmes express their entry criteria in terms of three subjects offered at A Level with selection decisions being informed, in part, by actual or predicted grades in those subjects (excluding General Studies, Use of Maths and Critical Thinking).

Access to HE Diploma

D:45

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 of which 45 credits must be at Distinction. A core science Access to HE Diploma must be studied.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

M2, M2, M2 to include no more than one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology and Geography. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

The University of Southampton requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in both subjects (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

including 5 in Standard Level Mathematics or Science. No more than one higher level Science/Maths subject permitted. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

H2, H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 to include no more than one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

DD + B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

D + BB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

Distinctions in all mathematics and science modules

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

D*D*

D*D* + B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D

D + BB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

D*D*

D*D* + B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD

including at least Distinctions in all modules.

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

DD

DD + B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

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

D

D + BB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

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

DDD

to include at least Merit in all modules.

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

D

D + BB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information. Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information. Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

BBB from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-Levels, to include no more than one relevant science subject.

UCAS Tariff

120

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33%
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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

General or integrated engineering

Our foundation year offers you a rapid introduction to biology, chemistry and mathematics, equipping you with the knowledge, skills and attributes that needed to go on and successfully meet the challenges of our three year, BSc Chemistry degree.

You will develop your understanding of the principles on which the sciences are based and the mathematics underpinning the core science disciplines, which will enable you to apply scientific principles to solve problems. You will also undertake laboratory work and a variety of assignments to develop your critical thinking and problem solving. Successful completion of the year guarantees progression to the next stage of your degree.

The Foundation Year is aimed at capable and motivated students who have not taken the typical A-level route or who have not studied the subjects required for direct entry to our degree courses, including mature or international students

Modules

Whatever degree course you are aiming for, you will take modules in biology, chemistry and mathematics. These disciplinary modules are studied for the whole year and are assessed through examination. The examinations held in January carry 40 per cent of the marks and those held in June carry 60 per cent of the marks for each of these modules. Additionally, you will study a coursework module which integrates elements from the different disciplinary modules along with a study skills module, both of which are assessed by a range of approaches.

Assessment methods

Our students acquire knowledge and understanding through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory experiments, coursework and individual and group assignments. You will develop the transferable skills for degree success.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Chemistry

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Engineering

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

53%
UK students
47%
International students
79%
Male students
21%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
23%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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A
A

After graduation


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Engineering (non-specific)

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.

£27,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
28%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

56%
Engineering professionals
9%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
5%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

As a mixed subject within engineering where students get a chance to learn from a range of disciplines, this course isn't taken by as many people as some of the more specialist disciplines. Demand for engineering skills is high, though, and so unemployment rates are low and the average starting salary was a very healthy £26,400 for 2015 graduates. Graduates are able to specialise enough to be working in jobs in engineering — especially in design and development - as well as engineering project management. IT and management consultancy were some of the more common jobs outside engineering. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to a MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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