Skip to main content
Short courses & CPD
Engineering & Construction

Foundation Process Chemistry (by Flexible Open Learning)

Develop chemistry skills and techniques that are necessary to embark on the first year of a chemical (or related discipline) engineering programme in Higher Education.


100 hours over six months



Course overview

It can bridge to the first year of either an undergraduate degree or HNC/HND course in chemical engineering. You can study this if your background in chemistry does not extend beyond GCSE level.

You get a learning pack where core chemistry subjects are presented in sequenced lessons that include self-assessment questions with solutions to aid developmental learning.

Tutoring is provided by telephone, e-mail, MS Teams, and where practical and required, by visits to TUOLE where additional support on an individual basis can be given.

Applicants applying for HNC who do not have a Level 3 (e.g. UK AS Level) or equivalent qualification in chemistry will be required to study the Foundation Process Chemistry (by Flexible Open Learning) module to meet the HNC entry requirements. You will be informed if you are required to study this bridging module in the offer letter you will receive once your HNC application has been processed.

You can start your Foundation Process Chemistry (by Flexible Open Learning) module at any time once we have received payment for this module. You will receive a progression email once you have successfully completed this module to join the next available HNC enrolment. You will have a maximum of 6 months to complete this module.

Download pdf


Course details

What you study

Indicative Content

Key chemical Concepts

  • Atomic structure and the Periodic Table, electron configurations related to periodic properties.
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Acids, Bases and calculation of pH values using [H+] concentrations
  • Le Chatelier‘s principle.


  • Definition of the property of Enthalpy and related calculations using Formation Enthalpies and Hess‘s Law

Organic Chemistry

  • Organic compounds – structure, nomenclature and structural isomerism
  • Polymerisation reactions - addition & condensation reactions


  • Redox reactions and oxidation states
  • The electrochemical series.
  • Introduction to corrosion and methods of prevention

How you learn

The learning materials consist of a self-contained and comprehensive learning package.

Learning materials will be provided to the student in the form of a series of lessons, these include self-assessment questions with solutions to aid developmental learning.

Student support tutoring is provided by telephone, e-mail, MS Teams, and where practical and required, by visits to TUOLE where additional support on an individual basis can be given.

Additional support will be provided via E-learning@tees course materials including tutorial materials, and links to supporting materials, will be placed in the e-learning@tees website.

How you are assessed

Formative Assessment
The distance learning materials include a series of self-assessment questions and answers at the end of each lesson to allow for progression of learning. Formative assessment is further provided by five tutor marked assessments for the student to complete and submit for marking. The formative assessments provide students with an opportunity to receive feedback and prepare for the summative assessment. Feedback in the form of email or telephone contact is available to the student.

Summative Assessment
Evidence will be provided from a single synoptic assessment, comprising a set of short answer questions related to the sequence and content of the lessons provided within the learning materials. All learning outcomes will be addressed by means of this synoptic assessment


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths grade C / 4 or equivalent.

Students are required to email to receive an apply online link



Career opportunities

This programme provides a bridging course to HNC/D chemical / process engineering programmes


Learning platform

Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is the platform you use to access your online course


Teesside University online learning courses are delivered through the Brightspace Learning Environment.

Here are some of the benefits.

  • You can use it on your smartphone, tablet and computer.
  • And you can use it anytime, so that you can plan your learning to fit your own schedule.
  • It's easy to use and navigate.
  • Modules are set out by topics and themes. You can use the progress bar to understand where you are in your modules, and appreciate your achievements.
  • We support you to become familiar with your VLE, helping you to start learning quickly.
  • You get feedback, help and guidance from tutors throughout your course through the VLE, and you can ask questions at any time.
  • Our tutors use a live activity feed to keep you updated about your course.
  • You can create a student profile, collaborate with other students and take part in online discussion forums.

Software requirements


Online learning

Online learning allows you to get a university-level qualification from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You'll have access to all of the world-class teaching and support that Teesside University has to offer, but all of your lectures, tutorials and assessments will take place online.

Find out more

University of the Year

Teesside University was named University of the Year at the Edufuturists Awards 2022.


2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:


  • Length: 100 hours over six months
  • Online
  • Start date: Flexible start dates – module must be completed within 6 months from start date

Get in touch

Go to top menu