Chemical Engineering Foundation

Studying Chemical Engineering at Bellerbys College 

The UK is a fantastic place to study Chemical Engineering due to our history of invention and innovation. Our Chemical Engineering Foundation will prepare you to study a range of undergraduate degrees such as Chemical and Energy Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering. You can study our Chemical Engineering Foundation on our exciting Brighton campus. Brighton is home to many digital and technology businesses and it offers students a vibrant and dynamic place to explore your ideas and study.

Students study 18-25 hours per week in class. The course is modular in structure. It has core modules studied by all Foundation students with modules tailored for engineering students. The core Foundation modules develop academic and English language skills, and specialist modules develop your understanding of chemical engineering. 

Where will this Foundation take me?

This Foundation prepares you with the academic knowledge and skillset for a degree in Chemical Engineering at a UK university.

Destination universities

Students on this subject pathway will receive an offer of conditional progression* to study at the following universities:

  • Chemical Engineering BEng
  • Chemical and Environmental Engineering MEng
  • Chemistry BSc
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng
  • Electronic Engineering with Space Science & Technology BEng
  • Pharmacy MPharm
  • Pharmacology BSc
  • Aerospace Engineering BEng
  • Chemical Engineering BEng
  • Civil and Railway Engineering BEng
  • Civil Engineering BEng
  • Computer Science BSc
  • Electrical and Railway Engineering BEng
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng
  • Materials Science and Engineering BEng
  • Mathematics BSc
  • Mechanical Engineering BEng
  • Mechanical Engineering (Automotive) BEng
  • Mechanical and Materials Engineering BEng
  • Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering BEng
  • Metallurgy BEng
  • Nuclear Engineering MEng
  • Physics BSc
  • Chemical Physics BSc
  • Chemical Physics or Chemical Physics with Industrial Experience MSci
  • Chemistry BSc
  • Chemistry with Scientific Computing BSc
  • Chemistry or Chemistry with Industrial Experience / Study Abroad MSci
  • Chemistry with Scientific Computing MSci
  • BSc (Hons) Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Chemical Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Forensic Investigation
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) Physics

Foundation key facts

Minimum age: 16.5+
Course length: 3 or 3.5 terms
Start dates: September, November and January. See term dates
Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school education. 4 GCSEs at C or above, Maths B or above for Science or Engineering.
English language requirements: IELTS 4.5 (IELTS 5.0 for November and January starts)
Location: Brighton
Tuition fees per term: £7,213 (for a complete list of prices, please visit our fees page)
Course modules

Pure Maths 1 and Stats

Pure Maths 1 and Stats

An introduction to algebra, including transformations and logarithms; trigonometry, data handling, and calculus.

  • Algebra
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Trapezium Rule
  • Handling Data

Mechanics 2

Mechanics 2

Develop an understanding of further kinematics, circular motion, simple harmonic motion, moments in 2D, elasticity and further particle dynamics.

  • Collisions
  • Statics of a Rigid Body in 2-Dimensions
  • Kinematics
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Static Elastic Strings & Springs and Elastic Potential Energy
  • Motion of a Particle attached to an Elastic String or Spring
  • Circular Motion

Properties of Matter and Waves (part module)


Study and gain understanding of matter, heat-specific and latent, gases.

  • Matter
  • Heat
  • Gases

Pure Maths 2

Pure maths 2

Develop the work covered in Pure Maths 1, including more advanced algebra (functions, trigonometric identities), differentiation (logarithmic and exponential functions), and integration (solving first order differential equations).

  • Algebra
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical Methods

Chemistry 1

Chemistry 1

Explore the fundamental principles of chemistry and how to apply them, such as atomic structure, bonding, periodicity, redox systems, equilibria and energetics.

  • Formulae, Equations and Moles
  • Atomic Structure
  • Introduction to Oxidation and Reduction
  • Energetics
  • Structure and Bonding
  • Equilibria

Mechanics 1

Mechanics 1

Develop an understanding of vectors in 2D; kinematics and forces in 1D and 2D through Newton's Laws of Motion; statics and equilibrium; moments; work and energy; and power.

  • Mathematical models: Including Key Terminology
  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics
  • Statics
  • Moments
  • Further Kinematics
  • Work, Energy and Power
  • Vectors

Chemistry 2

Chemistry 2

Study reaction rates, acid-base equilibria, kinetics and organic chemistry.

  • Acid-base Equilibria
  • Kinetics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Bonding and Reactivity
  • Reaction Mechanisms
  • Organic Analysis
  • Organic Synthesis
Core modules

Academic English Skills with IELTS

Academic English Skills with IELTS

Academic English Skills provides thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at University. Key skills include:

  • Reading effectively and critically
  • Making notes in lectures and presentations
  • Delivering presentations and participating in academic seminars
  • Researching, planning and writing academic essays
  • Students are also supported in developing the accuracy and range in written and spoken language required to express themselves effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence.

Computer Information Technology

Computer Information Technology

Improving IT literacy and creativity using MS Office, Business and Media applications; develop internet research skills.

*Offer of conditional progression is subject to meeting all academic requirements, submission of completed UCAS application, academic reference, personal statement meeting required standard, and passing the Foundation programme with the required grades and English language level. Please note that the letter in itself is not a Conditional Offer from the university. You will receive a conditional offer if you meet all the requirements through your submission of a completed UCAS application.



GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A Levels or a Foundation pathway. We offer a 2 Year GCSE Pathway programme as well as a 3 and 4 term programme, offering students from the age of 14 years an early opportunity to establish the language, learning and cultural skills they need to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education.

A Levels

Bellerbys Cambridge students in a Foundation Media class at the College

A Levels are British qualifications, accepted by all universities in the UK and recognised in the USA and Australia. Students who are with us for five or six terms will typically study up to four A Levels. This gives you a world of choice.


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A one-year course for international students that builds specialist subject knowledge and language and study skills. It is more focussed than A Levels making it good preparation for university. It is recognised for entry onto a range of degree programmes at more than 70 universities in the UK.

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