BEng (Hons) single honours Chemical Engineering with Foundation Year 2018/19

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We’re building a new £60m Science, Engineering, Technology and Health facility on our main campus in Canterbury, equipped with the latest technology and bespoke learning spaces for our engineering students. We’re planning to open Building 2 in September 2020, with building work now well underway.

Chemical engineers design and deliver products ranging from pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and drink, while also helping to manage the world’s resources and protect the environment. The role of a chemical engineer is key to enabling chemical related companies to commercially produce their products for consumers. While chemists, food scientists and pharmacists research and develop new products, chemical engineers make the production processes a practical reality.

This innovative course has been designed in collaboration with industry and you’ll have the excellent opportunity to work with a range of employers. We offer a truly immersive learning opportunity where the applied elements of the course are delivered in professional standard environments. This course enables you to develop your science and maths knowledge to pursue your chemical engineering degree and also provides professional chemical engineering practice and the opportunity to build professional networks with industry.

This course is particularly for you if you would like to contribute to solving societal problems like how to quickly and safely manufacture a product to improve an emergency situation, such as development of a vaccine for an Ebola outbreak.

The BEng with Foundation Year provides creative and talented students, career changers, or those with experience and passion for the subject, with a direct route to an engineering degree.

This course is for you if:

  • You didn’t continue to study science and maths beyond GCSE level, are doing well in your chosen post 16 studies and have the mindset and habits required for a career in chemical engineering
  • Your career plan is to get into chemical engineering and you need to strengthen your knowledge and understanding in science and maths.
  • It’s been a while since you last studied, particularly science and maths, and you would like to change career to become a chemical engineer.

This four-year course starts with the foundation year, to help build your engineering skills and knowledge while preparing you for your engineering degree. During the foundation year you will build your knowledge, understanding and confidence in areas of chemistry, biology, physics and maths that underpin chemical engineering. You’ll gain the engineering skills and knowledge needed to study at BEng level where you’ll use the pioneering CDIO  (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) approach to problem solve pharmaceutical, chemical and process safety issues. We are one of only a handful of universities in the UK to offer the CDIO international engineering education model, developed by MIT, which allows you to learn in a practical, hands-on way to find solutions to industry related engineering challenges.

At the end of the foundation year, you will continue with the BEng Chemical Engineering degree and will be supported to develop your employability and job application skills. You will have the opportunity to apply for an optional placementto gain experience to help you stand out in the job market and seek employment with large organisations such as GSK and Eli-lley.

This course equips you to become a practising professional graduate chemical engineer and on completion of the BEng (Bachelor of Engineering), you will be on track to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

96% of teachers would recommend a career in engineering to their pupils. (Engineering UK 2017)

During the foundation year, you will study the following modules:

  • Maths for scientists
  • Fundamental of biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Advance chemistry
  • Good science
  • Science skills.  

Over the course of the BEng Chemical Engineering, the modules you study will build your knowledge of:

  • Applied science
  • Engineering computing
  • Mathematics
  • Heat transfer and fluid dynamics
  • Chemical processes
  • Chemical reactions (endothermic and exothermic)
  • Process design
  • Process automation. 

Common themes embedded within the core modules include:

  • Engineering professional practice and development
  • Engineering’s role in society
  • Health and safety
  • Legal, ethical, and environmental regulations
  • Policy and practice
  • Employability development for placement and graduate roles.

By choosing a career in chemical engineering, you will not only be in a position to apply for a vast and exciting range of roles but you could be earning a highly competitive salary as you progress in your career. Whether you are passionate about solving environmental problems or want to be immersed in an industry such as cosmetics, your career options will be broad. Examples of some of the work that chemical engineers can be involved in include:

  • Creating, implementing and maintaining water treatment solutions for the water industry.
  • Designing, implementing and maintaining fluid flow and heat transfer in energy production of power plants.
  • Designing, implementing and maintaining new chemical process plants for the food, cosmetic, chemical or pharmaceutical industry. 

Your career options may well go beyond the chemical engineering sector as your skills could be in demand within:

  • The automotive and aerospace industry, where chemical engineers work alongside automotive and aerospace engineers to reduce aerodynamic drag and improve gas flow through engines.  
  • The manufacturing industry, where chemical engineers input into systems and process flow for optimising material flow safely and efficiently through manufacturing environments i.e. from raw material to finished article. 
  • City transport engineering, where chemical engineers design traffic management systems to enable smooth flow of traffic through and around cities.  
  • Financial organisations, where chemical engineers are sought after for their data processing and analytical strengths for industry audits, accountancy and consultancy.
  • The legal sector, where chemical engineers are involved in technical reviewing, advising, and approving patents.
This list represents possible career opportunities and in some cases you may be required to undertake further studies or gain relevant work experience and/or professional accreditation in order to pursue particular roles. Further academic study can enhance your career prospects and lead you to senior and specialist positions both within engineering and also teaching or research-related roles.


The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £6,165 N/A
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £11,500

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2018/19 only. Please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs


Additional costs include travel to and from Canterbury to other specialist facilities in Kent teaching purposes.

There may be opportunities to visit industrial facilities and engineering businesses in Kent and at partner institutions in Europe.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

The first year of study is your foundation year (year 0) where you will study a range of engaging and inspiring modules. These modules will enable you to develop academic and practical skills that will build your confidence and equip you with the fundamental knowledge required to embark on your degree. Each 20 credit module will typically consist of 20 hours of lectures, 40 hours of laboratory work and 10 hours of tutorials. Modules are led by senior lecturers, principal lecturers with laboratory learning supported by senior and junior technicians as well as postgraduate demonstrators.

As you progress with the BEng Chemical Engineering degree (levels 4 to 6) you will study a range of modules which (per module) will typically consist of 25 hours of lectures and 25 hours in laboratories/tutorials/workshops, depending on the individual module. In some cases, the balance may change, for example, the Process Design 40 credit module could consist of 12 hours of lectures, 24 hours of tutorials and 48 hours in computing and chemical engineering laboratories.

In addition to the structured teaching times, you will also be required to undertake self-study. The typical amount of time for all activities associated with one 20-credit module is 200 hours which is made up of class contact time in lectures, tutorials and workshops, laboratory sessions, module preparation, module learning contextualisation, assessment research, development and submission, and examination revision.

To help develop your employability skills, additional drop-in academic and peer learning mentoring sessions may be timetabled to support you with developing skills and knowledge in specific topics.

The BEng modules will typically be led by senior lecturers, principal lecturers and readers with laboratory learning supported by senior and junior technicians and postgraduate demonstrators. The academics are typically specialists and researchers in a particular field, for example, control and process control or thermodynamics.

The foundation year will consist of coursework assessment and examinations. Coursework assessment includes on-line tests, development of a laboratory book and scientific report, a laboratory practical and write up and tutorial problems. 

As you progress with the BEng Chemical Engineering degree (levels 4 to 6) you will undertake coursework assessments and examinations. The coursework aims to be balanced in type, variety and appropriateness across each academic year and assessment could involve case study analysis, group project based learning, laboratory investigation and write up, online tests, tutorial problems and questions, individual and group presentations, completion of a laboratory book, viva voca, conceive, design, implement, and operate (CDIO) projects, and work-related/based activity. For written assessments, the word count or equivalent is provided.  

At level 6 (typically the third year of a full-time undergraduate degree) you will be required to complete a substantial group CDIO project which will contain an individual research and development project and you will be required to write and submit a dissertation. You will be provided with a module leader, module team and academic supervisor support and guidance throughout this project.

Throughout the course, you will be using and exposed to common chemicals. Development of severe allergic reactions to the chemicals you use may hinder you from continuing and completing the course and pursuing a career in chemical engineering.

Our new multi-million-pound facility for Science, Engineering, Technology and Health is expected to be opened in September 2020, equipped with the latest technology and bespoke learning spaces for our engineering students.

It will take advantage of our strong links with industry and employers to produce work-ready engineering graduates who can make an active contribution to 21st century society. It will be home to the Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub.

Our main campus in Canterbury has city centre facilities on its doorstep and, of course, you will benefit from all the new building has to offer.

This course has links to the engineering industry including companies such as Pfizer and other local pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic businesses.


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UCAS course code

  • H101 Chemical Engineering with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time

    8 years part-time


  • September 2018

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be between 32 and 112 UCAS Tariff points depending on your Level 3 subject mix, your experience if appropriate and what you say about studying Engineering in the UCAS Personal Statement. Plus, 5 GCSEs at grade C, or above (or equivalent) including maths, science and English language.

    Further entry requirements

    If you haven't taken Level 3 qualifications in subjects traditionally aligned to Engineering (e.g. maths, science), are returning to education or are changing careers, the foundation year provides you with the opportunity to build the knowledge base required to continue onto the BEng.

    If you already have maths or science qualifications at Level 3 then we would require 32-88 tariff points for entry onto the Foundation Year.

    If you do not have the necessary entry qualifications, we will consider you if you can demonstrate that you can study at a suitable level. You may be invited to attend an interview.

    More entry requirement details.



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