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.

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:

  • Durham University
    • Chemistry
    • Climate Science
    • Earth Sciences
    • Environmental Geoscience
    • Geography
    • Geology
    • Geoscience
  • Loughborough University
    • BEng Chemical Engineering
    • BSc Chemistry
    • BSc Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Newcastle University
    • Nutrition with Food Marketing
    • Earth Science
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematics with Finance
    • Statistics
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Mathematics and Economics
    • Mathematics with Business
    • Mathematics and Accounting
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Science (Game Engineering)
    • Computer Science (Software Engineering)
    • Computer Science (Security and Resilience)
    • Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Surveying and Mapping Science
    • Geospatial Surveying and Mapping
    • Mapping and Geospatial Data Science
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Marine Technology in Offshore Engineering
    • Sustainable Transport Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering with Energy
    • Mechanical Engineering with Mechatronics
    • Mechanical Engineering with Biomedical Engineering
    • Marine Technology with Marine Engineering
    • Marine Technology with Naval Architecture
    • Marine Technology with Small Craft Technology
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Microelectronic Engineering
    • Electronic Communications
    • Electrical Power Engineering
    • Electronics and Computer Engineering
    • Automation and Control
    • Digital Electronics
    • Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Chemical and Process Engineering with Bioprocess Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering with Sustainable Engineering
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
    • BSc Digital Geosciences
    • BSc Earth, Climate and Environmental Change
    • BSc Environmental Geology
    • BSc Geology
    • BSc Geosciences and Sustainable Energy
    • BSc Petroleum Geology
    • MSci Environmental Geoscience
    • MSci Geoscience
    • MSci Earth, Climate and Environmental Change
    • BSc Physical Geography
    • BSc Geography
    • BSc Mathematics
    • BSc Mathematical Studies
    • BSc Mathematics with Statistics
  • University of Bath
    • 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
  • University of Birmingham
    • 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
  • University of Bristol
    • 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
  • University of Exeter
    • BSc Applied Geology
    • BSc Computer Science
    • BSc Computer Science and Mathematics
    • BSc Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
    • BSc Natural Sciences
    • BSc Renewable energy
    • BSc Renewable Energy Engineering
  • University of Surrey
    • 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)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests
Location: Brighton
Tuition fees: Visit our fees page for full details

January 2022 intake of 3-term Foundation programme in Chemical Engineering has been suspended.

Course modules

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

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

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

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 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

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

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.

*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.

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.


Bellerbys London Star Student Mark Lee

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 100 universities in the UK.

International Year One

Students looking for books in the library

An International Year One course is a one-year course equal to the first year of an undergraduate degree. Taught in Brighton and London, this course prepares you for the second year of a related degree at university.