Chemistry BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level entry (2020 entry)
    BBC-BCC including Chemistry at a minimum Grade B
  • BTEC*
    DDM, including an A level in Chemistry at minimum Grade B. *See below for more information.
  • International baccalaureate diploma
    29 points overall and above with 5, 5, 4 at Higher Level including Higher Level Chemistry at Grade 5
  • GCSE
    Maths Grade C/4 and English Grade C/4
More information
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Key Dates

Chemistry at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2019)

100% of students were satisfied with the Teaching on this course (National Student Survey, 2018)

Ranked 1st in the UK for Chemistry for Teaching Quality and Student Experience (Sunday Times League Table 2019)

Internationally recognised for research

Course summary

This programme will equip you for a successful career in chemistry, the chemical industries or a vast range of alternative scientific, business and professional occupations. 

Entry Requirements & Fees for 2020

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with placement year


UCAS Code: F100


Please note:


GCSE requirements: Maths Grade C/4 and English Grade C/4


All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.


Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades of CCC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.


More on Admissions Policy


Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.


Tuition fees:


£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2020/21)                             
£19,400 for Outside EU students (2020/21)*
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students (TBC)

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More on fees


Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day.

Typical offer level 


A Levels

BBC including Chemistry at Grade B 
BCC including Chemistry at Grade B (with an EPQ or Core Maths at Grade B)
BCC including Chemistry at Grade B (contextual offers and for DTUS applicants)



Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (any subject): DDM, plus an A-level in Chemistry at minimum Grade B.

National Diploma and Diploma: DM (any subject), plus an A-level in Chemistry at minimum Grade B.

Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DD, plus 2 A-levels, including Chemistry at Grade B.

National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (any subject): M plus 2 A-levels, including Chemistry at Grade B. 

Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted


International Baccalaureate Diploma

29 points overall and above with 5, 5, 4 at Higher Level including Higher Level Chemistry at Grade 5


Access to Higher Education

Subject related Access with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3 including at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Mathematics and 15 credits at Level 3 in Chemistry


Non-standard qualifications




Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.


Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.


Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 


The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Course Outline & Modules

Countless consumer and industrial products, medicines and pharmaceuticals are produced on processes developed from the fundamental principles of chemistry. Our course emphasises the commercial as well as industrial application of chemistry. It aims to expand your fundamental chemical knowledge, refine your professional, scientific and technical skills and develop your personal, communication and management skills. Ultimately you will be equipped for a successful career in chemistry, the chemical industries or a vast range of alternative scientific, business and professional occupations such as teaching.

Subject Guide & Modules:

We cater for the needs of ‘pure’ chemists whilst providing the opportunity to explore the industrial, pharmaceutical, technological and commercial dimensions of chemistry. Business and other specialist topics are built into our courses enabling you to develop valuable management skills. You share your first year with chemical engineers, to gain a deeper insight into industrial processes.

You will study subjects such as process design, health and safety, biological chemistry, biomaterials, inorganic materials and polymer synthesis. The innovative and relevant nature of our courses will also help you to discover new and exciting areas of chemistry, including bio-compatibility, medicinal drug delivery systems, the Buckminster-Fullerenes and cluster compounds, liquid crystals, non-metallic conductors and superconductors.

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Sustainability, Design and Build 
  • Organic Chemistry I 
  • Physical Chemistry I 
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Mathematics for Chemists 

Year 2

Core modules

  • Organic Chemistry II 
  • Biological Chemistry I
  • Physical Chemistry II 
  • Polymer I 
  • Inorganic Chemistry II 

Choose one optional module:

  • Introduction to Business Management 
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry I 

Year 3 - Optional placement year

  • EAS Study Placement Year
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year 
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year 

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year. 

Final Year

Core Modules

  • Physical Chemistry III 
  • Literature Research Project 
  • Organic Chemistry III 
  • Polymer II
  • Inorganic Chemistry III 

Choose 3 optional modules, with at least one choice from Group A:

Group A

  • Advances in Lipid Chemistry
  • Advanced NMR Techniques 
  • Biological Chemistry II
  • Advanced Chemistry (module TBC) 

Group B

  • Advances in Biomaterials Science 
  • Renewable Technologies
  • Chemical and Forensic Toxicology 
  • Environmental Chemistry II
  • Process Safety and Sustainability
Learning, Teaching & Assessment

Our course incorporates lectures, tutorials, plant visits and lab work. You will also be involved in project work, developing essential problem solving skills with specialist supervision from staff and industrial consultants. This hands-on experience will involve learning a wide range of techniques. Assessment is by a combination of exams, project, lab and coursework. Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in all years after the first year.

Career Prospects

Your broad grounding in the principles of chemistry will prepare you to enter research, development or production in the chemical industry or to undertake postgraduate research or teaching certificates. Alternatively you may pursue a career in areas as diverse as commerce, administration, accounting, banking or the civil service. The study of chemistry is a springboard to your future, whether or not you enter a directly related career and is a highly stimulating and rewarding choice. For students interested in biological chemistry or biotechnology, there are also opportunities in a wide variety of modern exciting industries including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, biotechnology, environmental control, water, renewable energy and materials.

Contact Us

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office+44 (0)121 204 3400

What’s it like to study at Aston?

Everything was centrally located on campus. All of my classes and laboratory sessions were mostly held in one building. With the campus being in the heart of Birmingham, everything was accessible. The atmosphere in the city is amazing.

Mohammed Johirul Islam

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