Chemistry with Foundation Year
School of Environment & Life Sciences
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
Chemistry at Salford integrates the core branches of organic, physical, inorganic and analytical chemistry in a package that meets the needs of employers for highly skilled chemists across the range of modern chemical industries. This course will provide you with a strong foundation in the field of chemistry, allowing you to progress onto a BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree.
With an emphasis on integrating your understanding of concepts and applying laboratory skills to find answers to current problems, you will appreciate how chemistry and its applications can transform the world we live in. You will gain experience in aspects of sustainable chemistry, a vital area of the modern chemicals industry, also known as ‘green’ chemistry.
Chemistry is one of the most versatile scientific disciplines and opportunities in the field continue to grow and develop. Our chemistry students are curious to know more about our world – how it works as well as having a thirst for new ideas about how to improve everyday lives. This course is for you if you have an inquiring mind and a need to ‘experiment’ and enjoy the laboratory.
- Get a strong foundation in chemistry to prepare you for more advanced study
- Benefit from hands-on experience in the labs and fieldwork opportunities
- Have the opportunity to do a placement year after your second year of the undergraduate degree
This is for you if...
You have a non-scientific background and would like to pursue a career in science
You are returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction
You did not obtain the entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) Chemistry
All about the course
In year one you will build your foundation in core areas of chemistry. In year two you will develop chemistry-based analytical skills. In the third year, emphasis will be placed upon chemical research and highlighting new developments in the field of chemistry.
You'll start to understand the significance of the structure of atoms, their classification in the periodic table, chemical reactions and bonding to form organic and inorganic molecules and the importance of pH.
Take a hands-on approach to develop biological and chemical laboratory skills, practise environmental and fieldwork techniques, and apply scientific knowledge in the interpretation of results of experiments and surveys.
Develop skills for application of statistical and mathematical methods and practise using Information Technology for effective presentation and communication of data and ideas.
Develop life-long learning skills including techniques for self-assessment and reflection, written and verbal communication skills for meetings, debates and presentations.
Choose two modules from
Explore the interactions of earth processes, geological structures and environmental functions, the use of resources e.g. fossil fuels including fracking and consider the differential impacts of a range of geological hazards – earthquakes, volcanic activity and rising sea levels.
Understand key ecological concepts, explore biogeography, appraise conservation techniques and consider priorities and issues in management of habitats and wildlife.
Science for Health
Evaluate a range of environmental and scientific factors that interact to influence health – e.g. pollution, nutrition, drug development and consider examples of environmental interventions and clinical trials.
Explore the characteristics of plant and animal cells which are the building blocks of all life forms; their interactions with micro and macro environments, and learn about the diversity of animal and plant life in a range of ecosystems.
Chemical Structure Determination
This module introduces the subject of molecular characterisation and looks at the principles of spectroscopic analysis using ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy.
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
The aim of this module is to introduce organic chemistry through structure and mechanism. You will study organic reactions of key functional groups such as alkenes, carbonyl and aromatic compounds.
Introduction to Physical Chemistry
The aim of this module is to introduce physical chemistry through energy and chemical bonding. You will study topics such as reaction kinetics, chemical equilibria and atomic and molecular structure.
Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
In this module you will learn the principles of key areas of chemical analysis and inorganic chemistry such as electrochemistry, voltammetry and chromatography.
Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Skills
This module is designed to help you facilitate and develop effective use of laboratory apparatus in the performance of basic techniques, and to develop practical laboratory skills relevant to biology and chemistry.
The aim of this module is to introduce principles of biochemistry. You will study biochemical pathways and organelles, relevant to cell biology.
Applied Chemical Skills
This module is designed to help you advance your laboratory techniques relevant to chemistry.
Chemical and Biomedical Research Skills
The aim of this module is to help you understand how to conduct scientific research from basic principles and includes: critical searching, citation and evaluation of research-based literature, data interpretation, analysis and presentation, report writing and communication.
Bio-inorganic and Chemistry
In this module you will learn the principles and application of inorganic chemistry to human health and to the environment.
Core Organic Chemistry
The aim of this module is to build upon topics covered in the Introduction to Organic Chemistry module. You will study organic reactions in more detail and develop practical skills in organic chemistry. This module will also prepare you for year three projects and taught modules.
In this module you will learn principles and application of sustainable chemistry, including microwave synthesis, flow reactions, use of biotechnology, combinatorial and high-throughput green chemistry.
Core Physical Chemistry
The aim of this module is to further develop knowledge of physical chemistry focusing upon topics such as quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and thermodynamics.
Frontiers in Inorganic Chemistry
The aim of this module is to expand your knowledge in the area of inorganic chemistry, placing emphasis in the application of techniques such as radiation, biomaterials, metals, supercritical solvents, nanoscience and symmetry.
Advanced Organic Chemistry
In this module you will study more advanced topics in organic chemistry such as concepts and rules governing pericyclic reactions and designing stereoselective routes to chiral molecules.
Advanced Physical Chemistry
The aim of this module is to advance your knowledge of physical chemistry focusing upon topics such as application of kinetics, NMR, spectroscopy, condensed matter and colloids and thermodynamic methods.
Science and Industry
This module focuses upon key areas of the scientific industry such as marketing, health and safety and legal issues. External contributions from industry experts will enhance your learning on this module. It is aimed at improving your employability after graduation.
Research Project and Professional Skills
An opportunity to work with a research group and contribute to original research in a relevant area of medicinal chemistry. The module also focuses upon key professional skills aimed at improving employability.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
A variety of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are combined to fit with the intended learning outcomes and level of study, such as extended projects, site visits, workshops and seminars, group activities, lab activities and lectures.
Assessment throughout the course is by a combination of different forms of coursework and examination and is broken down as follows:
You will be assessed by a combination of course work and examinations depending on what modules you take.
- 25% coursework
- 75% examination
Year two and three
- 40% examination
Continuous formative and summative assessment include research projects, laboratory reports, essays, data analysis, presentations, literature reviews and exams (both closed and open book).
Our school is renowned for the quality of its teaching and research, and is supported by over 80 academic staff at the forefront of their specialisms. Our expanding suite of programmes cover geography and environmental management (GEM), wildlife, biology, chemistry, disease ecology and biomedical sciences and we work closely with our partners to ensure course content develops the skills that employers are looking for.
We have recently been presented with a ‘Bronze Award’ from the Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter for our commitment to gender equality.
If you are looking for a vibrant, welcoming and highly professional environment in which you can realise your potential, the School of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Salford offers you a world of opportunities.
We have recently invested £3 million in newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories, opened by Sir Walter Bodmer in 2015. Our facilities include: NMR, IR, HPLC-UV/Fluorescence, LC/GC-MS/MS, microwave reactors, ICP-OES, XRF and several techniques for organic, physical and inorganic chemistry.
What about after uni?
Graduates from the course will be highly skilled and particularly well suited to address the skills shortages in the chemical sector. The sector has highlighted the requirement for chemistry graduates with a knowledge of sustainability and green chemistry which this course provides. Potential employers of chemistry graduates include chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. We place a high emphasis on employability, placements and technical support meaning that our graduates are fully equipped to enter into industry or pursue further study.
A BSc in Chemistry will provide you with chemical and transferable skills, both of which are highly regarded by employers from different sectors including CRO (contract research organisations), small and big pharma, analytical based companies (both independent and governmental - such as forensic analysis), and a varied range of chemical industries including lubricants, synthesis, quality control, food, cosmetics, materials, construction, toiletries, clinical settings and more. Transferable skills will allow you to seek work in several areas such as research, development, quality assurance, teaching, on legal cases, within government and more.
The focus on research-led teaching means that our students will benefit from research active staff, many of whom are focusing on emerging areas of research that will link into existing activities of environmental science, drug discovery and development and translational medicine. The school is also home to researchers who work with the children’s cancer research charity, Kidscan, and has growing industry links with the Alderley Park innovation centre (Biohub). Close links with organisations such as these provide you with unique opportunities for chemistry-related placements and research projects that are not available to students from other institutions.
This course also has links with the international chemical company BASF and the Manchester Communications Academy. Academics within the University are continually working on developing more links with other companies in different chemical sectors to provide you with the best possible opportunities and experiences.
What you need to know
Chemistry is one of the most versatile scientific disciplines and if you want to be a chemist and have interests in designing and making new materials, analysing different scenarios, working towards sustainability for a green world, helping to cure diseases and to fight pollution, are interested in legal and ethical aspects of science, or want to know more about businesses; then this is the programme for you!
You will need to have an interest in chemistry and a desire to pursue this at undergraduate level.
English language requirements
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above
UCAS tariff points
GCE A level
BTEC National Diploma
64 points from Higher Level
Irish Leaving Certificate
64 points from Higher Level
Completion of two full years study and an awarded qualification
Access to Higher Education
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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Course ID F125