• Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code 8P22
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award HND
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (4 years), Full-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences
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Why choose this course?

The Chemistry HND aims to:

  • Develop your skills and knowledge in the main areas of chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry) in an integrated manner with area of specialism such as pharmaceutical chemistry, forensic chemistry, biochemistry, polymer chemistry, environmental chemistry and aspects of industrial chemistry.
  • Produce a diplomate who is “fit for purpose”, and who is ready for employment in the chemistry or related industry, at a technical level, or who can progress to further third year study at either BSc or MChem level.

What happens on the course?


The course has been designed to provide both vertical and horizontal integrative attributes throughout both years of the full-time course and can be considered as a subset qualification of the BSc degree course or the planned MChem course. The formulation of the overall course learning outcomes (CLO’s above) facilitated the design of Level (Year) Outcomes (shown below). These were formulated to describe the skills and achievements that we felt should be attained upon completion of each stage (or level) of our chemistry course. The CLO’s and level outcomes were, in turn, used to drive the individual module learning outcomes (MLO’s) specified in each module specification templates, and thus influenced the design of the modules themselves. The titles of the modules are also listed below.
Level 4 (Year) Outcomes
Upon successful completion of level 4 studies, students should be able to:
L4YO1 show knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts of organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry.
L4YO2 demonstrate practical skills (including safe working practice) and ability to make and record experimental observations and report results.
L4YO3 demonstrate an awareness of the importance of chemical science to a range of related disciplines, e.g., toxicology, forensic chemistry, polymer science, environmental chemistry, medical and industrial/manufacturing applications.
Level 5 (Year) Outcomes
Upon successful completion of level 5 studies, students should be able to:
L5YO1 demonstrate knowledge of concepts in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry, building on from level 4.
L5YO2 demonstrate and apply good laboratory practice and practical skills in the fields of inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistry and interpret, analyse and report the results of experimental investigations.
L5YO3 apply knowledge of chemistry to problem solving and to an understanding of specialist topics such as polymeric materials, environmental chemistry, medical applications and industrial aspects in general.

Level 4
Semester 1
Semester 2


4PY012 Scientific Communication & Undergraduate Development
4CH003 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry


4CH001 Concepts in Inorganic Chemistry
4CH004 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry


4CH002 Principles of Physical Chemistry
4CH005 Integrated Chemistry (Specialist Topics)


Level 5
Semester 1
Semester 2


5CH003 Physical Chemistry (Chemical Thermodynamics)
5CH001 Chemical Analysis


5CH004 Inorganic Chemistry
5CH002 Organic Chemistry (Structure and Mechanism)


5AB011 Independent Study Module
5CH006 Integrated Practical

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths


·         Consider the importance of medicines and pharmaceutical technology, industrial chemistry, hospital-based chemistry, forensic-based chemistry, environmental-based chemistry, the food and drinks industry and many other aspects of chemistry in the modern world. The UK’s “chemical industry” is one of the leading industrial contributors to the national economy. There are many opportunities to apply chemical knowledge, principles and skills to a successful career in chemistry or chemistry-related discipline. “Chemistry will underpin economic growth, say industry leaders”, it was recently reported in the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) publication, Chemistry World, on the “Strategy for delivering chemistry-fuelled growth of the UK economy”. 
  • You will have studied what can perhaps be considered to be “the central science”. You will have developed knowledge of the main areas of chemistry, good practical skills, literacy & numeracy skills, use of IT skills and you should be capable of logical, scientific, critical thinking and problem solving. These skills will make you well equipped for the workplace, be it in a chemistry environment or the wider world of work in general, or for further study on our BSc or MChem programmes.
Further training

The HND chemistry diplomate will be fully capable of further study and training at BSc or MChem level. 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!


The substantial practical element of this course will be based in the brand new £25m state of the art Science Laboratory Building. Much of the equipment required will also be new. The cohort size will be reasonably small (25-50 students), at least in the early years of the course, facilitating more personal attention, per student, from the cadre of experienced chemistry staff. 
Our staff complement boasts two experienced research professors; a significant number for a relatively small department. The academic development plan outlines how further chemistry staff (REF-able) shall be employed as the course grows over the first three years of operations. This, together with the industrial input into the design of the course, ensures that the programme contains current, relevant cutting edge research topics to underpin the course.
The course has been designed with both the QAA subject benchmark statements in Chemistry and the RSC accreditation criteria in mind. A group of industrial “stakeholders” has also been consulted to provide advice on relevance to local chemical industry. As mentioned in section 5 of this document, we are currently working with the RSC to achieve accreditation of the new BSc chemistry degree. This will be an on-going process over the first two years of the course, starting in September 2014, and shall mean that our first cohort of BSc graduates in July 2017 shall be eligible for associate membership of the RSC. Any successful HND student who wishes to transfer to the BSc course should therefore also satisfy RSC accreditation criteria upon completion of the subsequent BSc course.
The HNC and HND have been registered with Pearson’s/Edexcel and successfully mapped against their courses. Permission to run the courses has been given by Pearson’s but two proviso’s were made;
1.         4CH004 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry must be passed for award of HNC

5AB011 Independent Study Module must be core to the HND programme and must involve a laboratory-based project.

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

  1. demonstrate practical skills, work safely in the laboratory and be fully conversant with standard chemical techniques, instrumentation and use of appropriate computer software.
  2. 2.    survey and critically review scientific information, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, apply numerical skills to scientific data, and work in teams and independently.
  3. demonstrate a systematic understanding of physical chemistry and physicochemical principles and apply that knowledge to theoretical and practical problem solving.
  4. demonstrate and apply knowledge of a range of inorganic and organic chemical materials (including structure, bonding, properties, synthesis, isolation, purification and characterisation techniques).
  5. demonstrate and apply knowledge of a range of analytical techniques, evaluate and interpret analytical data (including appropriate statistical analysis).
  6. be aware of a range of issues within chemistry that overlap with other related disciplines.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £8600 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £8600 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13450 per year 2021-22
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

  • 32 UCAS Points
  • EE from A Levels, to include Chemistry.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science with grade PPP or BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science with grade PP.

Other requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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