Chemical Engineering with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

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Course summary

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  • Become a professional chemical engineer from day one.
  • Learn by completing applied and industry-led projects from the very start.
  • Explore mass and energy balances, thermodynamics, process safety and reaction engineering.
  • Engage in sustainability-related projects such as hydrogen and carbon capture.
  • Gain hands-on practical and lab skills to support your technical understanding.
  • Prepare for the full degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
On this course you’ll build your knowledge of key chemical engineering topics through practical and project-based learning – with an emphasis on solving industrial challenges. You’ll gain the skills and experience to design safe, sustainable and economically viable industrial plants and processes, becoming a chemical engineer with essential skills in our society. This foundation year course is for those who don't meet the entry requirements for our BEng Hon Chemical Engineering course or would like extra preparation before starting degree-level study. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. This course is designed for you to gain experience as a professional engineer by developing technical and professional skills from the start. You’ll have opportunities to apply your skills and knowledge at every level, through real-world project-based learning set and supported by industrial partners. Could this be changed to - Previous projects have been supported by British Oxygen Company (BOC), ITM Power and E.ON. Through practical laboratory sessions, you’ll learn how fundamental concepts work in practice. As part of projects you complete on the course, you’ll visit chemical and process plants to help you understand how chemical engineers design plants, plus the wider implications and impact on society. You learn through:
  • Diverse lectures emphasising peer collaboration.
  • Tutorials to practise and apply your knowledge ahead of assessments.
  • Hands-on lab experience including computational modelling and simulation.
  • Q&A and discussions for self-assessment and understanding.
  • Support sessions for receiving feedback and preparing for assessments.
  • Teamwork activities for collaboration in an innovative environment.
  • Project-based learning to apply knowledge, creativity, design, critical analysis and professional skills to real-world projects.
Course topics Core modules on this course cover key chemical engineering topics, such as mass and energy balances, thermodynamics and reaction engineering. You’ll be presented with chemical engineering concepts for you to critically evaluate and take ownership of your learning. Projects defined in-partnership with research colleagues in The Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) and National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE) will allow you to understand the wide range of projects and job roles available to chemical engineers. Assessments will be varied with an emphasis on developing communication skills required by professional engineers. You’ll produce portfolios and project reports, deliver engaging presentations and test your understanding in exams. Live projects At every level of the course, you’ll work on applied projects set by industrial partners and research centres. We have developed strong links with UK and multinational companies, from corrosion consultants to biomass power stations.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 - Compulsory modules Engineering And Mathematics In Practice Foundation Mathematics, Mechanics And Electronics 1 Foundation Mathematics, Mechanics And Electronics 2 Fundamentals Of Materials And Manufacturing Year 2 - Compulsory modules Chemical Engineering Fundamentals Chemical Engineering Mathematics Chemistry, Materials And Employability For Chemical Engineers Practical Chemical Engineering Year 3 - Compulsory modules Chemical Engineering Principles Chemical Reaction Engineering & Thermodynamics Process Modelling And Control Sustainable Chemical Engineering Year 4 - Optional modules Placement Year Final year - Compulsory modules Individual Design Project Particle Processing And Applications Reactor Design Sustainable Design Project

Assessment method

Coursework, Exam, Practical

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

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Additional entry requirements


Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.


Please note that this information is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Chemical Engineering with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS