Applied Chemistry Aston University, Birmingham

Undergraduate

Our four year BSc Applied Chemistry course emphasises the commercial as well as industrial application of chemistry. We aim to expand your fundamental chemical knowledge, refine your professional, scientific and technical skills and to develop your personal, communication and management skills.

This programme is academically the same as the BSc Chemistry, but as an applied chemist you will also spend a year on placement in industry. 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.

Your broad grounding in the principles of chemistry will prepare 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.

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.

Key course benefits:

  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Our placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects

  • Chemistry at Aston is ranked 7th in UK for Teaching Quality in the 2017 Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide

  • Ranked in the top 25 for chemistry courses in the UK (Guardian League Table 2017)

  • 100% of Chemistry students were satisfied with the Teaching on their course in the 2017 National Student Survey.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Study mode

    Sandwich

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    4 years


Course details

Modules

Subject Guide Years 1 and 2 Inorganic; Organic; Physical; Biological and Polymer Chemistry; Thermodynamics; Mathematics; Chemical Processes and Process Design; Chemical Kinetics; Polymer Science; Bioscience; Spectroscopy. Placement year The 4 year sandwich course incorporates spending the third year in a paid professional placement gaining valuable and practical experience. Final year Advanced Chemistry topics; Polymer Science; Biomaterials; Analytical Techniques. A full list of modules is available on the website. The 3 year course results in a BSc in Chemistry – if you choose to extend your study to the 4 year degree by including a placement year, the degree awarded is the BSc in Applied Chemistry.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code FC10
Institution code A80
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level A B B - B B B including minimum Grade B Chemistry (Including passing the practical element).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM BTEC in any subject but in addition, A level minimum of grade B is required in Chemistry.

For alternative BTEC combinations please view the Aston website.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
Subject related Access at level 3 including only Distinctions in Chemistry.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade C/4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 points with minimum 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level subject including Chemistry.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £19,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students.