BSc (Hons) Chemistry (Including foundation year)

This Chemistry course is for people who do not currently meet the entry criteria the BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree. You will benefit from a course that begins with a foundation year providing well structured support to develop your scientific skills and knowledge.

Within this Chemistry degree, we place an emphasis on analytical chemistry and modern aspects of chemical science, to develop your ability to apply the principles of chemistry to your career pathway. Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, our Chemistry courses provide a depth of practical experience that employers find highly attractive. Possible careers include industrial chemist, pharmaceutical scientist, forensic scientist, biochemist, cosmetic scientist, environmental scientist, medicinal chemist, metallurgist, teaching and lecturing, research and/or development scientist, public analyst, health and safety adviser.

100% of our BSc (Hons) Chemistry students were satisfied with their course National Student Survey 2017

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
W3N7 Full-time 4 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
W3N7 Full-time 4 Years September Glyntaff A

Our chemistry degree places an emphasis on analytical chemistry and modern aspects of chemical science to develop your ability to think logically and apply the principles of chemistry to any area.

As well as traditional aspects of physical, inorganic, analytical and organic chemistry, you will also study biological chemistry, environmental chemistry, organometallic chemistry and toxicology. During the fourth year of your chemistry degree you can undertake a practical research project of your choice, under the supervision of an academic member of staff.

Foundation Year: Chemistry Degree

  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • Essential Key Skills for Science
  • Foundation Biology
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • Foundation Mathematics and Statistics for Scientists

Year One: Chemistry Degree

  • Biological Chemistry
  • Your Skills, Your Future
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Fundamental Inorganic Chemistry

Year Two: Chemistry Degree

  • Heterocyclic Chemistry and an Introduction to Drug Design
  • Spectroscopy
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry 2
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry 2

Year Three: Chemistry Degree

  • Chemistry Project
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry


This Chemistry course is taught by highly experienced staff through lectures, tutorials and practical work. A typical week involves six lectures, ten to twelve hours of practical work, plus some small group tutorials. Self directed study plays a part in all modules and you will be supported by using the University’s virtual learning environment.


You will complete coursework as you progress, and sit exams at the end of each academic year. Assessments include practical reports, essays, presentations and exams.


The BSc (Hons) Chemistry course is accredited by The Royal Society of Chemistry.


Our chemistry facilities are on a par with those found in industry. Students make full use of the laboratories during their studies and gain hands-on experience using the extensive chemical equipment. We have dedicated organic, inorganic and physical chemistry laboratories, as well as several instrumentation laboratories.



  • Dr Natasha Galea, Chemistry course leader
  • Dr Suzanna Kean
  • Dr Paul Jones
  • Dr Ryszard Babecki
  • James Cruwys
  • Professor Antony Davies
  • Dr Andrew Graham
  • Dr Rehana Karim
  • Dr Christian Laycock
  • Dr Gareth Owen
  • Richard Price

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

EE to include a relevant Science subject but excluding General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer


Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass in a relevant subject

Typical IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level to include Science or Maths.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Maths or Science Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

Chemists are capable of successful careers in a wide range of scientific, business and commercial areas, including food science, pharmaceutical research or development, and environmental monitoring. Graduates of our Chemistry programme have gained work in public or commercial laboratories, forensic science services and education, while many continue to postgraduate research. The skills you gain from a Chemistry degree are valued in other professions, for example, to train for careers in patent law or accountancy.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW Chemistry student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.