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Chemistry with Foundation Year BSc

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

January 2024

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First Year Course Fee

USD 29,145

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Our integrated Science, Technology and Engineering (STEM) Foundation Year degrees are aimed at students who wish to study a STEM subject, such as Chemistry, but don't have the traditional entry requirements.
  • The course is filled not only with incredibly exciting science, with substantial hands-on practical work but also with the knowledge and practice of how to apply this in a business environment. You will graduate with the skills and expertise that may lead you to make new discoveries. These discoveries can result in advances in many important fields such as health and medicine, energy and the environment, materials and technology or food and agriculture. As a chemistry graduate you will have a diverse range of career options open to you.
  • The Department of Chemistry at Leicester is one of the best in the UK for both teaching and research. We have a reputation as a friendly, supportive department that produces highly trained graduates with skills valued by employers. This is because we offer high quality courses designed to give you a wide range of employment opportunities, and structured to ensure you will cover all the relevant topics.


  • Citizens of Change 100 Scholarship - Anyone holding an offer of a place at Leicester - 50% fee reduction in first year
  • Science and Engineering International Merit Scholarship - International-fee-paying students applying for an undergraduate degree in the University of Leicester College of Science and Engineering - £3,000 or £5,000 per year
  • Family Loyalty Discount - Any child, sibling or spouse of a Leicester student or graduate - 10% fee discount
  • Media, Communications and Sociology International Merit Scholarship - International-fee-paying students applying for an undergraduate degree in the University of Leicester School of Media, Communications and Sociology - £3,000 or £5,000 per year
  • Music scholarships - Talented musicians/singers at Grade 6 or above - £500
  • Sports scholarships - Students who compete at regional, national or international level - Facilities, coaching and financial support
  • ULSB International Merit Scholarship - Students applying for a degree in the University of Leicester School of Business, starting September 2022 or later - £3,000 per year

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2024

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: BCC including Chemistry. We may consider points equivalent from your best three A-levels.
  • GCSE: Grades B/5 in Maths (if no A-level Maths) and C/4 in English.
  • BTEC Diploma: DDM in a science related subject, which must include appropriate maths and science content. You may be required to take an additional maths assessment test.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 26 points minimum, and must include appropriate maths and science content.
  • Access to HE: Pass diploma with 24 Distinctions in a science related subject, which must include appropriate maths and science content. You may be required to take an additional maths assessment test.
  • We welcome applicants with other qualifications. Please contact to find out more.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Foundation Year


  • Mathematics 1
  • Waves and Matter
  • Introductory Chemistry Practical
  • Introduction to Chemistry (double module)
  • Academic Portfolio Project
  • Introductory Data Analysis
  • Plus either Principles of Earth Science and Earth Systems or Principles of Biological Science

Year 1

  • You will be introduced to the fundamental concepts and basic practical elements of chemistry, all of which will give you the solid chemistry foundation required to complete your degree.


  • General Chemistry
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry
  • Introductory Inorganic Chemistry
  • Introductory Physical Chemistry
  • Introductory Practical Chemistry
  • Chemistry Key Skills and Maths
  • Scientific Method and Principles of Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry of the Real World

Year 2

  • During this year you will extend the foundation knowledge from your first year and begin to gain more advanced and specialised practical skills. You will also consider how chemistry and scientific advancements are communicated to wider audiences, a vital skill when applying for a job or research funding.


  • Spectroscopy Theory and Practice
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Practical Chemistry and Key Skills
  • Analytical Chemistry in Practice
  • Polymer and Materials Chemistry
  • Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

  • You will spend your final year honing your practical skills and gaining a more complex understanding of chemistry. You will have acquired all the necessary skills and information to be able to pursue a research project of your own.

Core modules

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • BSc General Paper and Key Skills
  • BSc Project Practical
  • BSc Project Report

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Metals in Synthesis
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Advanced Materials Chemistry

UK Students

  • Starting in 2022
  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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