Chemistry BSc 2021

Love chemistry and want to study in a department renowned for its incredible research? Then Chemistry at Aston could be for you.

 

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Optional placement year

Duration

3 or 4 years

UCAS code(s)

F100

Start date

Overview
Explore Chemistry at Aston University

Chemistry students Haleema Ayub and Georgia Maitland talk about their experiences of studying at Aston.

Aleksandra-Ziarko

“I found my lecturers really inspiring and motivating. My personal tutor always responded to any questions I had really quickly which made dealing with issues really quick and easy.”

Aleksandra Ziarko, Chemistry Student

Aleksandra-Ziarko

“I found my lecturers really inspiring and motivating. My personal tutor always responded to any questions I had really quickly which made dealing with issues really quick and easy.”

Aleksandra Ziarko, Chemistry Student

Course outline and modules

Chemists and chemical engineers are helping to solve some of the most complex problems facing our planet today as well as developing a vast range of products that we use in our everyday lives. During our course you’ll learn about the safe, sustainable and profitable production of all kinds of chemicals and materials so you are able to play your part.

During your time at Aston you’ll expand your fundamental chemical knowledge, refine your professional, scientific and technical skills and develop your personal, communication and management skills. On graduation you’ll be equipped for a successful career in chemistry, the chemical industries or a vast range of alternative scientific, business and professional occupations such as teaching.

What you’ll learn

We cater for the needs of ‘pure’ chemists whilst providing the opportunity to explore the industrial, pharmaceutical, technological and commercial dimensions of chemistry. Business and other specialist topics are built into our courses enabling you to develop valuable management skills. You share your first year with chemical engineers, to gain a deeper insight into industrial processes.

You will study subjects such as process design, health and safety, biological chemistry, biomaterials, inorganic materials and polymer synthesis. The innovative and relevant nature of our courses will also help you to discover new and exciting areas of chemistry, including bio-compatibility, medicinal drug delivery systems, the Buckminster-Fullerenes and cluster compounds, liquid crystals, non-metallic conductors and superconductors.

You have the option to spend a year on placement in industry after your second academic year. Many students take advantage of this option and find the experience extremely beneficial, both for their development as a chemist and their final year performance.

Modules

Year 1

Core Modules

•    Sustainability, Design and Build 
•    Organic Chemistry I 
•    Physical Chemistry I 
•    Inorganic Chemistry I
•    Mathematics for Chemists 

Year 2

Core modules

•    Organic Chemistry II 
•    Biological Chemistry I
•    Physical Chemistry II 
•    Polymer I 
•    Inorganic Chemistry II 

Choose one optional module:

•    Introduction to Business Management 
•    Reaction Engineering
•    Molecular Cell Biology
•    Environmental Chemistry I
 

Year 3 - Optional placement year

Find out more about the Aston placement year.

•    EAS Study Placement Year
•    EAS Industrial Placement Year 
•    EAS Study/Work Placement Year  

Final Year 

Core Modules

•    Physical Chemistry III 
•    Literature Research Project 
•    Organic Chemistry III 
•    Polymer II
•    Inorganic Chemistry III 

Choose 3 optional modules, with at least one choice from Group A:

Group A


•    Advances in Lipid Chemistry
•    Advanced NMR Techniques 
•    Biological Chemistry II
•    Surfaces, Nanomaterials and Catalysis

Group B

•    Advances in Biomaterials Science 
•    Renewable Technologies
•    Chemical and Forensic Toxicology 
•    Environmental Chemistry II
•    Process Safety and Sustainability

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with one of our foundation programmes will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey.

We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes. https://www2.aston.ac.uk/international-students

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Levels
  • BBC including Chemistry at Grade B
     
  • BCC including Chemistry at Grade B (with an EPQ or Core Maths at Grade B)
     
  • BCC including Chemistry at Grade B (contextual offers and for DTUS applicants)
IB

29 points overall and above with 5, 5, 4 at Higher Level including Higher Level Chemistry at Grade 5.

BTEC
  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (any subject): DDM, plus an A-level in Chemistry at minimum Grade B.
     
  • National Diploma and Diploma: DM (any subject), plus an A-level in Chemistry at minimum Grade B.
     
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DM, plus 2 A-levels, including Chemistry at Grade B.
     
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (any subject): M plus 2 A-levels, including Chemistry at Grade B. 
     
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted
Access & other

Access

Subject related Access with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3 including at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Mathematics and 15 credits at Level 3 in Chemistry.

 

Non-standard qualifications

Degree: 

  • Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.
     
  • Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme.

    Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.
     
  • Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3.
Further Requirements

GCSE requirements: Maths Grade C/4 and English Grade C/4
 
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.
 

View our Admissions Policy

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Our teaching is varied, including conventional lectures and tutorials, project team and individual work, plant visits, lab work and specialist supervision from consultants working in industry.

Your practical work will include exciting projects, from making your own aspirin to building a nuclear reactor (a mock one, of course!). Study here and you’ll be at the heart of a creative and career-focused culture, learning invaluable skills so you’re ready to start your life-changing career.

Assessment is by a combination of exams, project, lab and coursework. Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in all years after the first year.

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2021/22

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International and EU students (2021/22)

Annual tuition fees: £19,800*

During placement year: £2,500

* The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as Home students.
Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/student-support-in-england

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

This course gives you a broad grounding in the principles of chemistry, preparing you to enter research, development or production in the chemical process industries or to undertake postgraduate research or teaching certificates. Alternatively you may pursue a career in areas as diverse as commerce, administration, accounting, banking or the civil service.

The study of chemistry is a springboard to your future, whether or not you enter a directly related career, and is a highly stimulating and rewarding choice. For students interested in biological chemistry or biotechnology, there are also opportunities in a wide variety of modern exciting industries including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, biotechnology, environmental control, water, renewable energy and materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Chemistry at Aston?

If you’re interested in a career in chemical engineering industry or commerce, this course will give you the academic knowledge and well-developed research abilities, as well as practical skills if you choose to take a year in industry. 

What will I be doing on the Chemistry course at Aston?

You will be expanding your fundamental chemical knowledge, refining your professional, scientific and technical skills and developing your personal, communication and management skills.  

Ultimately you will be equipped for a successful career in chemistry, the chemical industries or a vast range of alternative scientific, business and professional occupations such as teaching. 

Why should I take a year out in industry?

The optional placement year is available with all chemistry courses, giving you invaluable practical experience and enhancing your career prospects through a paid professional placement in the UK or abroad.  
We have excellent links with industry and will help to arrange this placement for you.

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham it’s also a great place to live. 

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.  

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. 

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