Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Access to Science, Engineering and Nursing: Chemistry ADED11406E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course provides an introduction to Chemistry, focusing on the key skills and ideas essential to Level 1 courses in Biomedical, Life Science and Physical Science subjects.


Blocks 1 and 2

3 hours per week for 22 weeks, plus 1 revision week

Mondays 18.30-21.30


Saturdays 14.00-17.00

At enrolment, students will be asked to select one of the two sessions. There will be no opportunity to change session.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



A total of 4 in-class tests and/or lab reports (each weighted at 12.5%, totalling 50%)


60-minute final examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to enable students to put in place basic Chemistry understanding and skills needed for Level 1 undergraduate study in Biomedical, Life Science and Physical Science degrees

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Explain the concepts involved in basic Chemistry ideas (for example, elements, compounds, boding, reactions, molecular structure)

■ Solve numerical calculation involving reactions, the mole, etc, as needed for Level 1 Science courses

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.