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Chemistry (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Chemistry (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree will provide you with a broad knowledge of chemistry as well as laboratory techniques, IT skills and practical job experience so you can graduate fully prepared to work in the world of science. This degree has a built-in foundation year that covers the key concepts of chemistry to fully prepare you for the following three years of your course.

The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and provides partial exemption from the academic requirements for Chartered Chemist status.

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More about this course

In your foundation year you’ll learn the key concepts of biochemistry, biology, chemistry and mathematics as well as basic laboratory techniques. You’ll learn about cellular organisms, biomolecules and how to perform calculations on simple chemical systems. Later in the course you’ll cover the important aspects of forensic, pharmaceutical, medical and analytical science.

You’ll benefit from our £30 million Science Centre. This state-of-the-art facility will allow you to work with the kind of equipment you’ll find in science laboratories.

In your final year you’ll undertake a year-long research project based on a subject you’re interested in. In addition to this you have the choice of participating in a work placement to give you practical, hands-on experience to take into your chosen science career.

Throughout the course you’ll have the support of our staff, many of whom are industry experts or active researchers in the field. The encouragement and essential skills you build will boost your confidence to help you succeed on this four-year course.

Following your foundation year, you will study the same modules and content as those who study our Chemistry BSc (Hons) degree.

You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through mini-tests, posters, presentations, essays, practical reports, short answer tests and examinations.

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to give partial exemption from the requirements for Chartered Chemist status.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code F103
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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent eg Functional Skills at Level 2).

Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3) in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 0 modules include:

  • This module introduces students to key biochemical concepts to provide a foundation for subsequent study in the Applied Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular & Pharmaceutical Science subject areas at Level 4.

    The aim of this module is to give students the necessary background to appreciate the structure and function of the key molecules that cells are made of such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. An introduction to the principles of cellular energetics and metabolism will be given, and the maintenance of biological pH buffering systems will be discussed. This will provide suitable grounding for the study of life science subjects at level 4

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Monday afternoon

    This module introduces you to key concepts of cell biology and human physiology to provide a foundation for subsequent study of biological subjects at Level 4.

    • You will learn about the origin of life and describe some theories of evolution and appreciate its complexity.
    • You will study an introduction to the structure of cells and the concept of the cell as the basic unit of life.
    • You will understand that there are a range of cell types and explain the difference between cells, tissues and organs.
    • You will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of key organ systems in the body.
    • You will be introduced to the concept of cell division and mendelian genetics and inheritance.
    • You will achieve a fundamental knowledge base of biology which will underpin studies at higher levels.
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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    This module will be introducing you to important ideas and concepts in fundamental chemistry that will allow you to study scientific subjects at level 4.

    The module aims to develop your understanding of fundamental concepts involving the molecular sciences relating to the periodic table, atomic properties, chemical bonds, simple chemical reactions and nomenclature. In addition, skills adjunct to the chemical sciences including numeracy, logical argument, research, and the utilisation of abstract models will be developed. Regular low-stakes assessments are employed to encourage learning, student motivation, attentiveness, and attendance.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning
    • all year (January start) - Tuesday morning

    This module will be introducing you to the basic mathematical concepts needed to succeed on any science degree course, and also train you in essential scientific laboratory techniques designed to support and reinforce theoretical syllabus content. The practical section will emphasize safe practice in the laboratory environment. The mathematics section will be taught using calculations relevant to biology and chemistry to encourage connections between disciplines to be made. Supporting material will be available on-line; tutorial sessions will focus on practising mathematical techniques. Formative online pre-laboratory session questions will prepare the students in advance for the practical in question. Formative exercises will be carried out during tutorial sessions to reinforce the lecture material.

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Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    The module provides an introduction to key topics of Physics relevant to Chemistry and the Natural Sciences including classical mechanics, waves and vibrations, quantum mechanics, electrostatics, electromagnetism, optics and atomic spectroscopy. It gives an appreciation of the importance of modelling physical systems mathematically in order to predict the behaviour of chemical or biological systems.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    This module covers the fundamental concepts of inorganic/physical chemistry and mathematics needed as a foundation for students studying Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Students will undertake practice problem solving skills based on the material taught.

    The aim of this module is to ensure you will develop key skills and knowledge in:
    1. fundamental mathematical principles
    2. key concepts of bonding and molecular shape
    3. some aspects of the descriptive chemistry of the elements and your exposure to introductory concepts in physical chemistry
    This module aims to provide you with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility and mathematical competence.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualification. This module aims to provide an overview of the organisation, expression, and replication of genetic information in prokaryotes and eukaryotes together with principles of Mendelian inheritance; examine the consequences of mutation on gene expression together with an introduction to techniques of gene analysis and manipulation. This module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualification. The module provides an introduction to core aspects of chemistry - concepts of naming and drawing chemical formulae, organic bonding, differing types of isomerism, moles, reaction processes, states of matter, and interactions between particles are enumerated. Students will undertake regular tests based on the material taught.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    The module will introduce students to safe working practices in the laboratory environment (GLP), simple chemical techniques and laboratory record keeping also in keeping with GLP.

    The aim of this module is to ensure that you will develop key skills and knowledge that will enable you:

    1. to be familiar with the laboratory environment and to develop basic lab practice: personal safety, awareness of others;
    2. to familiarise yourself with writing a scientific report: contemporary scientific record keeping, style, recording data, interpreting data and drawing appropriate conclusions from results;
    3. to carry out basic lab procedures safely – handling and assembly of ‘quickfit’ apparatus; handling, purification and routine analysis of chemicals;
    4. to be familiar with the learning resources and support facilities available within the Learning Centre that will assist you with your personal and professional development;
    5. to develop transferable skills that will enable you to derive maximum benefit from your chosen course of study.
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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    The module is concerned with the fundamental and basic chemical concepts within the context of Organic Chemistry and starts to develop the more specialist knowledge of organic reactions required for later modules of organic chemistry.

    The aim of this module is to ensure you will develop key skills and knowledge in:
    1. understanding organic chemistry nomenclature.
    2. identifying the types of reactions that are taking place.
    3. recognising how reaction mechanisms work.
    4. developing synthetic routes to simple structures.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    This module covers inorganic and physical chemistry needed for students studying Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Students will undertake an assessed practical and practice problem solving skills based on the material taught.

    The aim of this module is to ensure you will develop key skills and knowledge in:
    1. inorganic chemistry, including the p-block, transition metal chemistry and magnetism.
    2. essential physical chemistry topics of thermodynamics and electrochemistry
    This module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility and enhancing analytical skills

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module further develops the practical abilities of the student and the ability to record and process increasingly complex data. The module reinforces the importance of an appreciation of the theoretical principles underlying the procedures that will be investigated in the laboratory and in workshops. Students will also be expected to reflect on their personal and professional development throughout this module.

    The aim of this module is to ensure that you will develop key skills and knowledge that will enable you to:

    1. enhance your practical skills in the areas of synthesis, purification and characterisation of products;
    2. enhance your skills in data recording, processing and appropriate analyses of laboratory results;
    3. understand the concepts that are associated with a variety of analytical processes routinely used in a laboratory;
    4. to be more aware of the parameters that govern chemical processes (on small and large scales).
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Year 2 modules include:

  • The module aims to develop an understanding of the relationships between structure, bonding and reactivity of metal compounds and complexes in the d- and f- block. The knowledge gained will give students an understanding of the solution characteristics of complexes and give them the knowledge to predict properties of example complexes. It will also bring real world examples of metals in medicine and the properties that make them important in therapy of patients. The practical aspects of the module will enable students to acquire skills and experience of preparative, analytical and instrumental methods which are essential to inorganic chemistry. The module offers students from other related BSc degrees to increase their knowledge of inorganic chemistry. Inorganic chemistry is a key discipline, it builds and reaffirms, whilst allowing students to appreciate the whole of the periodic table. The module is assessed via a poster and exam giving students the opportunity to display content and discuss their findings in a verbal manner whilst also displaying concise written scientific information in an attractive manner.

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  • This module aims to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of two major areas of physical chemistry and give an appreciation of the importance of modelling physicochemical processes mathematically in order to be able to predict the behaviour of chemical systems. The module will examine key theories and applications of chemical kinetics and surface chemistry. Additionally, the module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment by demonstrating initiative and personal responsibility. Taught sessions will highlight related, impactful research from a diverse body of scientists.

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  • This module relates the physical and chemical behaviour of polyfunctional cyclic organic compounds and biomolecules to their structures and electronic properties. Taught classes will be reinforced by practical exercises and spectroscopic problems.

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  • This module relates the physical and chemical behaviour of polyfunctional acyclic organic compounds and biomolecules to their structures and electronic properties. Taught classes will be reinforced by practical exercises and spectroscopic problems

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Description: This module will develop problem solving and report writing skills in qualitative analytical chemistry and will enable students to identify analytical substrates on the basis of combined analytical results from a variety of sources. Key areas to be explored are principles of analysis, chromatographic separation techniques, and electroanalysis. The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the QAA’s the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

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  • The module aims to develop an understanding of the relationships between structure and bonding in organometallic complexes and the 18 electron rule. Solid state characterisation will also be taught showing how it is a powerful tool to understand crystal lattice systems. The practical aspects of the module will enable students to acquire skills and experience of preparative, analytical and instrumental methods which are essential to inorganic chemistry. The module offers students from other related BSc degrees to increase their knowledge of inorganic chemistry. Inorganic chemistry is a key discipline throughout the degrees, it builds and reaffirms whilst allowing students to appreciate the whole of the periodic table. The module is assessed via a laboratory report, a practical quiz and a summative exam giving students the opportunity to complement their lectures and taught material with laboratory learning. Laboratory work is emphasised throughout the module as a key learning objective.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Description: This module will develop problem solving and report writing skills in qualitative analytical chemistry and to enable students to identify analytical substrates on the basis of combined analytical results from a variety of sources.

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  • This module aims to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of two major areas of physical chemistry and give an appreciation of the importance of modelling physicochemical processes mathematically in order to be able to predict the behaviour of chemical systems. The module will examine key theories and applications of thermodynamics and electrochemistry. Additionally, the module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment by demonstrating initiative and personal responsibility. Taught sessions will highlight related, impactful research from a diverse body of scientists.

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Year 3 modules include:

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    Description: This module builds upon, and extends, material taught in the 2nd year, specifically in organic chemistry. It provides students with a deeper understanding of organic chemical reactivity.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module will enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of the major areas of physical chemistry for the life sciences and further develop their ability to model physicochemical processes mathematically in order to be able to predict the behaviour of chemical systems. The module will examine key theories and applications of thermodynamics, the kinetics of life processes, quantum theory, heterogeneous catalysis and molecular spectroscopy.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

    This module will enable students to develop an understanding of the various strategies used in drug design and the molecular mechanisms by which drugs act in the body.

    The module aims to: deepen students’ awareness of the major influence chemistry has had on the treatment of various diseases and debilitating conditions; enable students to assess critically the methodologies and strategies that govern whether or not a synthetic compound (i.e. new chemical entity, NCE) may be regarded as a good drug candidate.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This module will enable students to demonstrate the skills necessary to carry out a scientific programme requiring significant research. It will allow students to demonstrate the final development of their subject knowledge, skills and understanding through extended research based on laboratory, literature or field work, or meta-analysis of databases. This research will lead to the presentation of a detailed written report and a Powerpoint presentation of results. This module aims to encourage the student to reflect and build upon their subject knowledge and expertise by means of a specific investigation requiring significant research; develop the skills necessary to plan, carry out, analyse and report upon the results of an experimental or analytical programme on a scientific topic; allow the student to demonstrate that s/he has achieved a high level of personal development through working independently with the minimum necessary supervision; allow the student to demonstrate their understanding and application of safe and considerate working practices, particularly within the laboratory.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.
    The module aims to develop students’ understanding of advanced bioanalytical techniques and to enable students to determine which analytical technique is suitable for a particular type of sample. The module will reinforce and build on analysis skills introduced in CH5007 and provide an opportunity for students to interpret more advanced data, particularly spectra and chromatograms and to solve defined problems. The students will gain practical experience in selected analytical techniques.
    This module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility and decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts. The module should also help students to gain the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    The module examines key aspects of atomic and molecular spectra arising from the absorption, emission or scattering of electromagnetic radiation. Topics include atomic spectroscopy, molecular symmetry and group theory, rotational spectroscopy, vibrational spectroscopy, electronic spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and laser spectroscopy. It provides an appreciation for varied applications in which spectroscopic methods are utilised for the determination of chemical structure and properties.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    One year of work based learning. Work experience based full-time in an organisation with roles relevant to the academic programme of study and at an appropriate level of responsibility. Relevant organisations include; NHS, research, industrial and private medical laboratories. Learning would be driven by practical experience in the work place. Progress and development will be assessed against an agreed framework of objectives as defined in the learning agreement. For part-time students in appropriate employment they can complete the module over an extended period during their degree rather than take a year out.

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

    The module aims to: Provide experience of the technical expertise, knowledge, pressures and opportunities within the context of the scientific workplace; increase awareness of the scope, structure and operation of the host organisation, from a career perspective; develop generic competencies as outlined in the registration portfolio or work based learning portfolio; maximize employability by developing the student’s ability to work (at a certain threshold level) in a professional capacity.

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Where this course can take you

As a graduate from this course you’ll have an excellent combination of practical on-the-job experience and scientific theory. You’ll be fully equipped to enter a variety of scientific areas of employment.

You could work as an analytical chemist, biotechnologist, chemical engineer, forensic scientist, pharmacologist, toxicologist or a research scientist. The skills you gain on this course will also help you work in areas of biology, finance, geology, information technology, medicine, engineering and physics.

You could also choose to study a postgraduate degree to push your earning potential even further.

What is a degree with foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you can't meet the necessary entry requirements or don't have the traditional qualifications required to start a standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Discover Uni – key statistics about this course

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How to apply

If you're applying for a degree starting this January/February, you can call our hotline on 0800 032 4441 or complete our quick online application. If you're an international student or an EU student who requires Student visa sponsorship, simply apply direct.

Applying for 2022

If you're applying for a degree starting this January/February, call 0800 032 4441 or apply online.

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you're applying for a degree starting in January/February, you can apply directly to the University.



When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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