Chemical Engineering at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW Chemical engineers are involved in the design, operation and management of plants and processes resulting in products that influence our wellbeing and quality of life. Chemical engineering is at the forefront of the quest to produce clean energy and satisfy human needs across a number of areas in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. These areas include pharmaceuticals, health, food, drink, oil, gas, petrochemicals, agriculture, fine chemicals and materials. Professionally accredited, and with paid optional placement opportunities, the BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering offers excellent job prospects and the potential to help create a sustainable planet. PRACTICAL FOCUS This course combines academic study, hands-on experience and group projects to ensure you develop the essential practical and communication abilities required by employers in the chemical engineering and processing industries. You will study engineering, mathematics and chemistry principles; chemical enginering expertise and gain practical experience through laboratory work and use world-class process simulation tools such as Aspen Suite and Ansys Fluent. You will undergo a period of pilot plant-based training and you can take a one-year paid sandwich placement as a junior chemical engineer in industry. Placements are obtained competitively and cannot be guaranteed; they can take place in the UK or abroad. In recent years students have completed placements with organisations such as Diageo, Scottish Water and Trident Engineering Consultants. In addition, the course encourages input from industry and experts will share their expertise with you through guest lectures. CAREER PROSPECTS Graduates have gained employment with companies including GlaxoSmithKline; Amec Foster Wheeler; Texaco; BNFL Sellafield; Seal Chemicals; Doosan Babcock; Nestlé; Joint European Torus Project; and Procter and Gamble. PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION This BEng is accredited by the professional body, the Institution of Chemical Engineers under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. The curriculum is designed to satisfy internationally recognised high accreditation requirements. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees including companies from countries that are signatories to international accords.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Year 2 Entry: Scottish Advanced Highers: CCD including Maths, Physics and Chemistry A Levels: BBC including Maths, Physics and Chemistry International Baccalaureate: 28 points BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM SQA HNC/BTEC Level 4 HNC: Chemical Engineering Year 3 Entry: SQA HND/BTEC Level 5 HND: Chemical Engineering (including Maths for Engineering 3); Chemical Process Technology from Forth Valley College (including Maths for Engineering 2)

International applicants

ACADEMIC TECHNOOGY APPROVAL SCHEME (ATAS) CERTIFICATE Many international applicants (see exempt nationalites*) are advised that they will need to obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before they can be considered for an unconditional offer of study on this undergraduate integrated masters course. Entry Clearance Officers (ECO) will ask to see your ATAS certificate as part of your visa application process. UK immigration law does not allow universities to permit international students to study for an ATAS applicable course until the student has supplied the university with all the relevant ATAS certificate details for their application. *EXEMPT NATIONALITIES Students who are nationals of EU countries, the European Economic Area (EEA), Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or the United States of America do not need an ATAS certificate to study on ths course. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Minimum Qualification Requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
EU £18000 Year 1
International £18000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales are offered one year of free tuition fees at the University of the West of Scotland and so students only pay for 3 years of study from a 4 year undergraduate degree programme.

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Chemical Engineering at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS