Chemistry Foundation Year: University of Birmingham

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Chemistry Foundation Year: University of Birmingham, School of Chemistry, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 year
+44(0)121 414 4361
+44(0)121 414 4403

Courses available

  • Chemistry Foundation Year BSc
    UCAS code: F103
  • Chemistry (International Foundation Programme) BSc
    UCAS code: F105

The Chemistry Foundation Year, leading to our Chemistry Honours degree programmes, is designed for students whose qualifications on leaving school are not appropriate for direct entry on to Honours degrees.

This specially designed programme offers you an opportunity to enter the scientific community if your qualifications at A level are not compatible (either in respect of grades or subjects) with the normal entrance requirements of our BSc degree programmes. It is also attractive to mature students who may need a period of retraining before entering our BSc degrees.

The Chemistry (International Foundation Programme) option combines the Foundation Year with English language tuition.

The Foundation Year itself is a full-time preliminary year that provides entry to the Honours degree programmes. You study a range of modules within the School of Chemistry, including practical and project work in addition to lectures and workshops.

On successful completion of the Foundation Year you automatically continue on to one of the three-year Honours programmes. The Foundation Year can also serve as a gateway to programmes in related disciplines at Birmingham and chemistry degrees at other institutions.

For up-to-date information about all our programmes, please see

Entry requirements

  • Typical offer: offers will depend on your previous study. Please contact the Admissions Tutor for examples of acceptable qualifications
  • Required subjects and grades: normally you need an A level (or equivalent) in Chemistry; and GCSE passes in Science and Mathematics at grades A–C
  • General Studies: accepted
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: 24 points to include Chemistry at HL

Other qualifications are considered – see the entry requirements section for full details

Contact details

For general information about open days

Main University Switchboard

  • Postal address: The University of Birmingham
    B15 2TT
    United Kingdom
  • Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3344
  • Fax: +44(0)121 414 3971


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