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Foundation Year Course Modules

Compulsory Modules (40 Credits)

CHE-3003B (20 Credits)

A course in chemistry intended to take you to the level required to begin a relevant degree in the Faculty of Science. The module will help you to develop an understanding of: reactions of functional groups in organic chemistry; basic thermodynamics; spectroscopic techniques; transition metal chemistry and practical laboratory skills.

CHE-3001Y (20 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to introduce the Chemistry Foundation Year students to some of the key skills and grand challenges within the Chemical Sciences. The fundamental knowledge and concepts of FHEQ 3 chemistry are presented in CHE-3004A and CHE-3003B. This module will teach the discipline specific skills and introduce the opportunities afforded by a degree in chemistry. We will give the Chemistry Foundation Year cohort an academic home and sense of identity. The module will begin by supporting students in their arrival at university and helping them to build a support network with their peers, who they will study alongside for the next four years. In semester 2, the module will then focus skills such as academic writing, sourcing, evaluating and utilising scientific evidence, experimental design and analysis and interpretation of data. The module will utilise the Chemistry3 textbook. This is the recommended textbook for first year chemists but has pedagogical features well-suited to inspiring and confidence-building in foundation year chemists. We will make particular use of the context-boxes that gently introduce some of the cutting-edge achievements and challenges of contemporary chemistry.

Optional Modules (40 Credits)

Students will be enrolled on 40 compulsory credits from the following mathematics modules based on qualifications. Students without an FHEQ qualification at grade B (6) in Mathematics will be required to take MTHB3005A AND MTHB3306B otherwise they take MTHB3001A and MTHB3002B.

MTHB3001A (20 Credits)

The module covers a range of GCSE and A-Level mathematics material, which will be used across a number of scientific degrees. It is aimed at students who have already studied Mathematics at A-Level, or have gained GSCE Mathematics grade 6 or above, or have equivalent experience. You will study functions, polynomials, and trigonometry. You will also be introduced to “calculus”, which includes differentiation (finding the slope of a function on a graph) and integration (finding the area under the curve of a function). You will learn how to differentiate simple functions directly, and how to use the product rule and chain rule to differentiate more complicated functions.

MTHB3002B (20 Credits)

This module follows on from Basic Mathematics I (MTHB3001A) studied in the Autumn Semester, and covers more of the A-Level mathematics content needed in scientific degrees. In the first half of the module, you will continue with your studies of calculus, and advance your knowledge of trigonometry, polynomials and exponentials with the object of integrating a wider range of functions. In the second half of the module, you will study two new topics: complex numbers and vectors. Complex numbers allow you to solve equations such as x^2+1=0 and have links to trigonometry. Vectors allow the convenient representation of positions and motion in three-dimensional space.

MTHB3005A (20 Credits)

This module covers GCSE and some early A-level material that is needed for a range of scientific degrees. It is aimed at students who have studied mathematics at GSCE gaining a grade 4/5 or equivalent. In this module, you will consolidate fundamental maths skills and increase your knowledge and confidence to support mathematical problem solving applicable to other areas of science. Topics include arithmetic and fractions, linear and quadratic functions and their graphs, exponentials and logarithms, and trigonometry.

MTHB3006B (20 Credits)

This module follows on from the Introductory Mathematics for Scientists module (MTHB3005A) in the first Semester. You will build on your knowledge gained there to study more advanced mathematical material that can be used in a range of scientific applications. In this module, you will study vectors and matrices, as well as learning about statistics and probability. You will also be introduced to calculus, which includes differentiation and integration. Differentiation can be used to find the slope of a graph, which tells you how quickly one quantity varies as you change another. Integration allows you to find the area under the curve on a graph, and can be used for quantifying cumulative effects.

Optional Modules Range B (40 Credits)

Students will be enrolled on 40 compulsory credits from the following modules based on prior qualifications. Students with no prior FHEQ 3 qualification Chemistry will be required to take PHY-3011A and CHE-3004A. Students with FHEQ 3 qualification Chemistry will be required to take PHY-3001A and PHY-3010B. Students with FHEQ 3 Chemistry and Physics Qualifications will be required to take PHY-3010B and CMP-3005A. Students who believe they are on the wrong modules MUST consult with the Course Director.

CHE-3004A (20 Credits)

A module designed for you, if you are on a Science Faculty degree with a Foundation Year. You will receive an introduction to the structure and electronic configuration of the atom. You will learn how to predict the nature of bonding given the position of elements in the periodic table and therefore. You will be introduced to the chemistry of key groups of elements. You will become familiar with key measures such as the mole and the determination of concentrations. The module includes laboratory work. No prior knowledge of chemistry is assumed.

CMP-3005A (20 Credits)

Introductory Programming introduces a number of programming concepts at the start of your programming career, using a modern programming language common to many digital industries. We structure learning through lectures, delivering core materials, and tutor supported exercises to reinforce learning, and to prepare students for programming in their following studies.

PHY-3010B (20 Credits)

This module follows on from Introductory Physics and continues to introduce you to the fundamental principles of physics and uses them to explain a variety of physical phenomena. You will study gravitational, electric and magnetic fields, radioactivity and energy levels. There is some coursework based around the discharge of capacitors. The module finishes with you studying some aspects of thermal physics, conservation of momentum and simple harmonic motion.

PHY-3011A (20 Credits)

In this module you will begin your physics journey with units, accuracy and measurement. You will then progress through the topics of waves, light and sound, forces and dynamics, energy, materials and finish by studying aspects of electricity. The module has a piece of coursework which is based around PV cell technology.

For further years' module information please check out our BSc Chemistry

Important Notice 

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process. 

This Foundation Year enables you to develop A-level equivalent knowledge of chemistry before you commence our full degree. 

Throughout your degree, our modules will help you develop transferable skills in the areas of communication, team working and problem solving. Such skills are vital to professional scientists and prized by employers. 

During your Foundation Year, you’ll study mandatory modules in chemistry and mathematics, and an extra module in either biology or physics. You’ll be assigned an adviser from the School of Chemistry who will guide you in your course choices and ensure that you’re progressing towards your degree course of choice. 

You’ll gain credits for each of your Foundation Year modules, based on a mixture of coursework and examination results. If you achieve sufficient credits, you’ll be able to choose between the BSc Chemistry and MChem degree programmes, or transferring to a Natural Sciences course. 

For the years of study beyond the Foundation Year, please see the full BSc Chemistry course. 

Our teaching will combine lectures, small group seminars, workshops and practical sessions. Some of your lectures and practicals may take an active approach to learning, encouraging you to interact with your fellow students within the sessions. 

Independent study 

You’ll have plenty of opportunity for independent study throughout your degree programme as you complete coursework and prepare for exams. However, your final year research project will truly exemplify your independent work, allowing you to get to grips with an aspect of chemistry that really interests you. 

We employ a range of assessment methods across our modules, evenly balanced between examinations and coursework. 

Our methods include literature reviews, exams, essays, problem sheets, laboratory reports, and seminar presentations. 


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Entry Requirements

A Levels


T Levels

Obtain an overall Pass including a C in the core of the T Level and a Pass in the Occupational Specialism.



Scottish highers


Scottish highers advanced


Irish leaving certificate

6 subjects at H4

Access course

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3

European Baccalaureate

60% overall

International Baccalaureate

28 points

GCSE offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE. 

Additional entry requirements

UEA are committed to ensuring that Higher Education is accessible to all, regardless of their background or experiences. One of the ways we do this is through our contextual admissions schemes. 

We welcome and value a wide range of alternative qualifications.  If you have a qualification which is not listed here, please contact us via Admissions Enquiries.

A-Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.   

We welcome applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you have been out of study for the last three years and you do not have the entry grades for our three year degree, we will consider your educational and employment history, along with your personal statement and reference to gain a holistic view of your suitability for the course. You will still need to meet our GCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements. 

Important note

Once enrolled onto your course at UEA, your progression and continuation (which may include your eligibility for study abroad, overseas experience, placement or year in industry opportunities) is contingent on meeting the assessment requirements which are relevant to the course on which you are enrolled.

Students for whom english is a foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading): 

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of example qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.


Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time. 

Gap year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application. 


This course is open to UK. The annual intake is in September each year.
Course Reference Number: 6968267

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees  

View our information for Tuition Fees. 

Scholarships and Bursaries 

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. View our range of Scholarships for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates. 

Course related costs

View our information about Additional Course Fees. 
Course Reference Number: 6968267

How to Apply

Apply for this course through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS), using UCAS Hub. 

UCAS Hub is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom.

Your application does not have to be completed all at once. Register or sign in to UCAS to get started. 

Once you submit your completed application, UCAS will process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

View our guide to applying through UCAS for useful tips, key dates and further information:

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Course Reference Number: 6968267
Key details
Full Time
Degree of Bachelor of Science
UCAS course code
Entry Requirements
Duration (years)
The Foundation Year will prepare you for an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, training and equipping you with everything you’ll need to progress to the next level. The course covers core modules across the science faculty, from chemistry and mathematics to biology and physics – you'll be able to tailor your experience to your interests. Completing the year successfully will grant you a place on our three-year programme, where you’ll explore how chemistry shapes and underpins our relationship with the world around us, from manufacturing materials to producing medicines.
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