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H814 - Chemical Engineering with Foundation Year

Chemical Engineering with Foundation Year

BEng Honours

  • UCAS code: H814
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2022
Year :

This accredited degree with foundation year will prepare you for a future in Chemical Engineering with everything you need to know about this exciting sector, starting with the foundations of mathematics, applied mechanics, and material science.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £25200

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

Our chemical engineering degrees focus on developing your knowledge and practical skills on topics across the discipline, so you're equipped to embark on an exciting career as a chemical engineer.

This foundation year will help you build the base knowledge you need to progress to our chemical engineering BEng degree.

This is a full-time programme of study covering core chemical engineering topics, including:

  • foundation mathematics
  • applied mechanics
  • material science

Successful completion of the foundation year leads to guaranteed progression to Stage 1 on one of Chemical Engineering BEng Honours (H810).

BEng or MEng?

Both our BEng degree and specialist MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer. This is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.

Our MEng degrees are a direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). You don’t need to study any more qualifications after your degree to work towards chartered status.

Our three-year BEng degree can also lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you’ll need to complete further study, such as an approved master’s degree.

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Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2022-23.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information

Additional information

Flexible degree structure

All of our chemical engineering degrees share the same first three years – with the exception of our Chemical Engineering with Industry degree. We allow you to explore the subject and find out where your interests lie.

You can transfer between any of our chemical engineering degrees if you want to.

You must achieve the appropriate academic standard to transfer from a BEng to an MEng degree. 

Quality and ranking

  • 17th in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2023 (Chemical Engineering category)
  • Top 175 for Engineering – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
  • 19th in the UK - Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 (Chemical Engineering category)
  • Top 150 for Engineering - Chemical - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
  • 1st in the UK and 8th in the world for sustainable development – Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
  • 65% increase in research power since 2014 – Research Excellence Framework 2021
  • 42% of our research is classified as 4* world-leading research – Research Excellence Framework 2021
  • Global Top 125 University - QS World University Rankings 2023

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

During your foundation year, you will develop the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto our three-year Chemical Engineering BEng.

You'll study topics such as foundation mathematics, mechanical science, electrical and electronic engineering, and applied mechanics. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Basic Statistics 10
Foundation Year Project 10
Mechanical Science 20
Applied Mechanics O 10
Electrical and Electronic Engineering O 10
Materials Science O 10
Foundation Mathematics 30
Optional Modules Credits
Computer Applications 10
Foundation of Chemistry 10
Applications of Chemistry 10
Foundation Physics A2 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll learn from staff across various departments of our engineering and science schools.

You spend approximately 20 hours per week in taught classes. You also spend a further 20 hours attending tutorials and completing laboratory reports.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Reports

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Practical skills

You'll reinforce your learning and gain hands-on experience through:

  • practical sessions carried out in our well-stocked Pilot Plant and Millennium Lab, where you'll be able to carry out chemistry experiments and use real-life equipment
  • work on real-world engineering projects informed by industry-leading companies
  • experience with industry-standard chemical engineering software in our dedicated computer suites
  • access to small-scale unit operations and the latest equipment in our state-of-the-art BioLab

Chat to a student

I chose Newcastle because it's one of the best universities in chemical engineering. Not only located in Newcastle, which is known to be a student city, but also a member of the Russell Group.

Angella, Chemical Engineering student

Opportunities

Progression

This course gives you the knowledge you need to progress to our Chemical Engineering BEng Honours degree.

If you are not sure which engineering discipline you are interested in, you should apply for the general Engineering with Foundation Year degree.

This allows you to delay your choice of engineering discipline until the end of the foundation year.

Facilities and environment

Facilities

You'll have access to a great range of facilities and equipment during your time at Newcastle, including:

  • a state-of-the-art BioLab, providing access to a range of small-scale unit operations and the latest equipment
  • a recently upgraded pilot plant laboratory
  • modern bench-top experimental equipment
  • an interactive video teaching system
  • high-specification fume cupboards for handling volatile chemicals
  • two dedicated computing suites, running specialised industry-standard computer software

Support

You'll be supported by a personal tutor (an academic member of staff) throughout your degree. They can help you with academic and personal issues.

You'll also have access to a peer mentor (a fellow student) in your first year. They can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.

Your future

89% of our chemical engineering graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating*.

Our graduates took up a range of roles, such as: 

  • graduate technical plant engineer
  • research technologist
  • engineering project intern

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

Prepare for diverse career paths

Our graduates are targeted by high-profile employers like SUEZ, Reckitt Benckiser Group, Patheon, and Kendal Nutricare across a range of sectors such as:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • chemicals
  • energy
  • oil and gas
  • water
  • environment
  • biotechnology

Benefit from our industry links

With a strong engineering heritage, we've built up strong industry links, which will open up opportunities for networking, placements, and development during your studies.

Engineers from the British Chemical Engineering Contractors Association (BCECA) deliver sessions on chemical plant design that reflects current industrial practice. These engineers are from:

  • ABB
  • Air Products
  • Aker Solutions
  • Bechtel
  • Costain
  • Fluor
  • Honeywell UOP
  • Johnson Matthey
  • KBR
  • McDermott
  • SABIC
  • Wood Group
  • Worley Parsons

Make a difference

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Careers support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

A Level

AAB

International Baccalaureate

34 points

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

(This includes PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Contextual offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

Find out more and if you’re eligible for a contextual offer or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students

£9250

International Fee Students

£25200

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.

EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.

If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.

Read more about fees and funding

Scholarships

We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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Scholarships

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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