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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
BSc General Paper and Key Skills
BSc Project Practical
BSc Project Report
Choose three option modules from:
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Metals in Synthesis
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Advanced Materials Chemistry
UK and EU Students
Starting in 2021
The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £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 £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.
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