Education and Chemistry - BSc (Hons)

Build an understanding of the key principles of education and its evolution whilst exploring the application of Chemistry in the real world. You will develop your ability to problem solve whilst exploring today's global challenges. From using chemistry to develop sustainable production of materials to contributing to the development of new drugs and treatments, Education and Chemistry at Keele enables you to explore two evolving subject areas. This course is also beneficial in preparation for teacher training programmes should you wish to pursue a career in the education sector at secondary level upon completion of your degree.

Year of entry

  • 2023

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • X301

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study Education and Chemistry at Keele University?

Global Top 300 for Education (Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings, 2023)
Professional accreditation pathway available
Engage with award-winning academics who are known nationally for their innovation in teaching
Use a wide variety of research-grade experimental equipment in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories
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Accreditation and professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry if you specialise in Chemistry in your final year. If you choose to specialise in Education in your final year, there is no accreditation available.

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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Rachel, Education

"As I am looking at a career in teaching, I chose to take a Placement module. I had the opportunity to spend time in primary, secondary and special schools. This was really beneficial as I was able to put the theoretical knowledge from the course into practice and was able to see how policies are implemented in schools and their effects on both teachers and learners."

Rachel, Education

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.


Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

The Keele Foundation Year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Education and Chemistry degree. All of the modules you take will prove useful in your degree and professional career.

Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do.

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage.


The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.



Practical and Academic Skills in Science

15 credits


Foundations in Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Scientists

15 credits


Foundations of Social Sciences

15 credits


Foundations of Chemistry

15 credits



Advancing Chemistry

30 credits


Advancing Social Sciences

30 credits


The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United Kingdom, European Union and International students.

  • Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience


  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)


  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above


Students should apply for BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Foundation Year (UCAS code F103) through UCAS at You will be contacted to confirm your second subject by a member of our team.


If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

We also offer a January start for some of our Foundation Year courses. Adopting a blended learning approach, the January start is particularly useful for students wishing to return to education following time out of studying, or who are seeking a flexible approach to their Foundation Year studies. Our January start is available across most of our Science, Humanities, Social Science and Business courses.

Whilst still being a full-time course, our blended delivery model combines live teaching sessions - both online and on-campus - with self-directed study, enabling you to predominantly study at a time that suits your lifestyle. You will benefit from weekly online taught sessions which encourage you to engage with your teachers and peers.

In addition to online study there will be a series of full study days that you will be required to attend throughout each semester. These sessions may include lab-based activities, group work, review of course and assessment materials studied online. They will emphasise opportunities for you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen route.

Please refer to the September start tab for more information about the entry requirements, what you will study, and how to apply for a Foundation Year. The modules that you will take on a January start Foundation Year will be similar to those for the September start, but in a slightly different order and pattern.

For more information, including fees and how you will be taught, please visit our January Start Foundation Year webpage.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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