BSc Chemistry (F100)

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Course summary

Join a University ranked #1 in the UK for Chemistry research (THE analysis of REF 2021) with an excellent reputation for teaching and learning (UK top ten for Chemistry, Guardian University Guide 2023).

Guided by world-class experts, you will discover how chemistry shapes the world around us and develop your knowledge to prepare you to tackle some of the worlds biggest problems, from climate change to drug discovery.

You will study fundamental concepts in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and applications in areas such as analytical, environmental, materials and theoretical chemistry. You will develop your ability to design experiments, interpret results, and gain key skills through our chemistry-specific communications and mathematics units.

Careers-specific support is embedded into modules, including advice on preparing CVs, creating professional social media profiles, and researching companies and sectors. You can get advice and support in applying for internships, and practice interview and assessment centre skills to build your confidence.

Your chemistry degree will prepare you for a huge range of careers that include working in data science, financial services and consultancy as well as traditional routes into the chemical industry. Our alumni have established careers with a wide range of employers, including Teach First, GlaxoSmithKline, Deloitte LLP and HM Revenue and Customs.

Think Big bursaries of £3,000 are available to support first-year international undergraduate students in this subject area.


Our Chemistry BSc is approved by major professional bodies in the UK (RSC) so as a a graduate you can gain exemptions from a number of their examinations or credits for prior learning.

Course structure

This course offers a superb grounding in chemistry. The first two years are common to all of our degree courses, and throughout the course you can choose units that appeal to your scientific interests. The BSc final year allows further specialisation through your choice of project. Project options include working in a research laboratory, working in a local school helping to develop science resources, and carrying out chemistry education research.

You will benefit from a hybrid learning model that blends the best of labs, workshops, small group tutorials, and online learning. Teaching is a dialogue, not a monologue: in class your lecturers will use immediate feedback from you, provided via your phone, computer or face-to-face, to adapt and respond to your understanding of the material.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

AAA including Chemistry
DDD in Applied Science BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma, with Distinctions in five required Chemistry units

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36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry

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85% overall, with 8.5 in Chemistry
Advanced Higher: AA including Chemistry, and Standard Higher: AAAAB
Access to HE Diploma in Science (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include: at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and at least 12 credits at Distinction from specified Chemistry units plus successful completion of a University of Bristol test and interview (or A at A-Level or equivalent in Chemistry)

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Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/M2 is B, and M3 is C.
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

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