The BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Education course aims to provide students with the skills to teach the next generation about the fundamental importance of chemistry to our world. The Chemistry with Education programme allows students the chance to gain a fundamental grounding in chemistry along with the intellectual and research skills needed for a career in teaching.
The course has been developed in collaboration with the School of Education, which works closely with both primary and secondary schools. They have developed a curriculum and mode of teaching that is in line with employer expectations. As part of the programme, students may have the opportunity to undertake teaching placement with local schools, as well as a range of other educational experiences.
The course is designed to encourage a collaborative approach with students engaging with one another, academics and teachers. This can support critical reading, debate, reflection on experience and research into topics of interest.
How You Study
All students will be given the chance to gain core knowledge in the fundamentals of chemistry in the first year, dealing with topics such as synthetic methodologies and molecular characterisation; laboratory techniques; molecular structure, bonding and mechanism; and electronic structure, spectroscopy and reactivity in p-block compounds.
The second and third years involve core chemistry and can include a teaching placement in both years. Subjects can include education practice and science education as well as a third-year research project, which could be carried out in a school on a relevant area of science education. Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living costs when on placement.
The course includes lectures, seminars, laboratory-based practical classes and lectures from visiting scientists. Extensive small-group teaching and innovative team-based learning aim to create a supportive learning environment to help students train through practice and problem-based approaches.
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree
Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.
How You Are Assessed
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
The philosophy of the School of Chemistry is to combine fundamental research with a strong focus on industry relevance, working with companies to address real needs. From your first week, our programmes provide a hands-on approach, which we call ‘Student as Producer’. This initiative, at the centre of our teaching and learning, provides students with the chance to develop the professional skills required for their future career. The theoretical basis of chemistry is twinned with practical laboratory experience, whilst we also develop key industry skills including communications, problem-solving and project management.
Our academic community provides a supportive and nurturing teaching environment. There is a close interdepartmental collaboration with scientists in the other Schools within the College of Science, including Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Engineering. As a student here, you will have the opportunity to engage in real research and professional problem-solving. Our research informs our teaching right from the start of your programme to enhance your learning experience.
The School of Chemistry is home to research teams who are making groundbreaking discoveries across the fields of science. A testing method devised by a research team in the School is leading the way in how substances in ‘legal highs’ are identified.
Professional Practice modules throughout the course are geared to help students develop skills for applying chemistry in areas such as pharmaceutical development, environmental science, petrochemicals and energy, analytical and quality control.
- GCE Advanced Levels: BCC, to include a grade B from A Level Chemistry
- International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall, with Higher Level Grade 5 in Chemistry
- BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science*: Distinction, Merit, Merit
*not all modules are accepted. Please contact our Admissions team for further information (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points, including 40 points from 15 credits in Chemistry
Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English, Maths and Science. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.
EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
About the School
Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.