Course details

A Levels BBC Other entry requirements
UCAS code F102
Duration 5 years
Fees and additional costs Home students Overseas students Fee status help
Related subjects Chemistry

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Department of Chemistry
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Department of Chemistry

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Course description

If you don't have the usual scientific or mathematical background for our degrees, a foundation year is for you. Your first year will be spent improving your knowledge and skills, so you're at the right level to move to a degree.

Your study will include modules in chemistry, physics and mathematics. When you've completed the foundation year, you can enter the first year of any of our chemistry degree programmes.

You can specialise later in your course, and can often switch between our degrees. In your final year, you'll complete an extended individual project.

Modules: what you study and when

Foundation years explained

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels BBC, including Chemistry
International Baccalaureate 31, 5 in Higher Level Chemistry
BTEC DDM in Science, including specific Chemistry units
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher BBBBB+B in Chemistry
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + BC, including Chemistry
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • BTEC required units include Applications of Inorganic Chemistry, Applications of Organic Chemistry, Industrial Chemical Reactions and Practical Chemical Analysis
  • A Level in General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted
  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Department of Chemistry website

Core modules:

Core Foundation Mathematics
Foundations of Physics
Advanced Level Chemistry
Foundation Year Physics Laboratory Practice

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Department of Chemistry

Dainton Building

The Department of Chemistry was one of the University's first departments when it was founded in 1905. Since then, four Nobel Prize winners have either worked or studied in the department, and today researchers are working on big scientific challenges, ranging from antimicrobial resistance and environmental sustainability, to cancer treatments and new technological solutions for industry.

Our main home, the Dainton Building, and the Richard Roberts Building next door, have plenty of teaching spaces, as well as the labs where you'll train from the start of your degree and the world-class research facilities you can access later.

We have three large teaching labs where you'll spend a lot of time during your degree: one for organic chemistry, one for inorganic chemistry and one for physical chemistry. Each lab is equipped with specialist analytical equipment, including nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared and ultraviolet spectrometry, and gas- and size-exclusion chromatography. Our advanced lab is used for the group research project you'll complete in your third year, with large fume cupboards and workbenches to make collaborations easy.

We are also home to a number of multimillion pound research laboratories. These include the Lord Porter Laser Laboratory, which has three different laser stations that can be used in studies ranging from energy transport in molecules and materials, to artificial photosynthesis, and our Soft Matter Analytical Laboratory, where scientists can study samples that are 100 times smaller than a human hair.

We're just across the road from the award-winning library facilities at the Information Commons and the Diamond, and the UK's number one students' union, all within a short walk of the city centre.

Department of Chemistry website

What our graduates do

Our courses have been created with your career in mind. All of our modules have been designed to give you skills for your CV - problem solving, team working, fact finding, data analysis, critical thinking, communication, project management - and experience you can talk about at job interviews.

As part of your course, you'll develop your own idea for a chemistry business and pitch it as part of a group. On our Skills For Success training programme you can get experience of public speaking, presenting a poster, hosting a debate or producing a video. At our annual careers day you can explore career options, meet with employers who hire chemistry graduates and get tips from former students to help you take your next steps after graduation.

Some of the biggest employers of our students are pharmaceutical companies (such as GSK and RB), where chemists develop new medicines, and consumer goods companies (such as Unilever), where they make lots of the products you see on supermarket shelves. Graduates can also go behind the scenes, creating the chemicals and materials that make industrial manufacturing possible.

The science industry is more than just scientists though - big companies like Unilever and GSK need graduates who understand science to work in communications, market research and business development roles.

If the lab is where you feel most at home, you could also work as a scientist at a university or research institute. To follow this path, many of our students build on their undergraduate research by staying with us for their PhD. Graduates can also stay connected to academia by working for scientific journals, publishing the latest research.

What if I want to work outside science?
A good degree from a top university can take you far, whatever you want to do. We have graduates using their scientific minds in everything from finance to computer programming.

Student profile

Get a feel for what it's like to study chemistry at Sheffield. Our staff are enthusiastic about teaching and will provide the support you need to thrive. We have specialist teaching labs, which include a dedicated NMR spectrometer for undergraduates.

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