Canterbury Christ Church University

Chemical Engineering with Foundation Year

Chemical engineers convert materials into products used the world over, every day.

These range from pharmaceuticals, clothing, petrol, paints, food, drinks and more – all of which are engineered with financial and environmental considerations in mind.

On this course you will use the CDIO (conceive, design, implement, operate) approach developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. CDIO gives you sought-after, hands-on experience that you can deploy in your future career which could include energy management, water and food security, resource scarcity, climate change and more.

Our foundation year option enables you to join the Chemical Engineering course even if you don’t have the formal qualifications or experience to meet the entry requirements. It equips you with the knowledge to move into formal degree study, setting you up for future success.

Entry Requirements

A typical offer would be between 32 and 112 UCAS Tariff points depending on your experience and UCAS Personal Statement. Plus 5 GCSEs at grade C, or above (or equivalent) including maths, science and English language.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course

Career Prospects

Chemical engineers may work in a number of different sectors in industry, for example, in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, food processing, speciality chemicals, microelectronics, electronic and advanced materials, polymers, business services, biotechnology, and environmental health and safety industries, among many more traditional areas such as pharmaceuticals, fuel and energy and water treatment.

By choosing a career in chemical engineering, you will not only be able 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 information 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 teaching or research-related roles.

Course Details

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 (Hons) level where you’ll use the pioneering CDIO approach to problem solve pharmaceutical, chemical and process safety issues.

As you progress through the degree, you'll gain a fundamental understanding of core aspects of chemical engineering such as chemical process engineering design, maths and computing for chemical engineers, heat transfer and fluid flow, physical chemistry and thermodynamics.

You'll complete projects individually and collaboratively and will develop specialist knowledge, skills and a wider understanding in areas such as process design and control, transport phenomena, separation processes and chemical reaction engineering.

In the final year, you'll work independently and as part of a team on a major design project in chemical engineering.

The strong focus we place on supporting and preparing you for employment means you'll have an opportunity to undertake a work placement. Here you be able to develop relationships within an inclusive engineering organisation, demonstrate and share your skills to make your mark on a live project and further develop your transferable skills to help your CV stand out from the crowd.

Year 1

Introduction to Chemical Engineering
Mathematics and Computing for Engineers
Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow in Processes
Introduction to Electro-Mechanical Systems and Practice
Advanced Chemistry for Chemical Engineers

Year 2

Professional Chemical Engineering and Development
Fundamentals of Process Design and Control
Transport Phenomena
Separation Processes
Chemical Reaction Engineering
Placement Module

Year 3

Design Project in Chemical Engineering
Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering
Advanced Transport Phenomena and Process Control
Advanced Separation Process
Process Safety, Sustainability and Environmental Protection

Foundation:
Fundamentals of Engineering
General Engineering Science Skills
Mathematics for Engineers
Advancing Chemistry
Advancing Biology
Fundamentals of Physics

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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