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I have an offer for a foundation year for chemical engineering at Manchester uni
I'm really scared bcz I havent done maths or physics at a level
I think I'll struggle a lot compared to other people
Plus the pass mark is 70%...and some of my friends r advising me to not do the enginnering foundation year coz apparently getting 70% is really difficult at uni
My other option is chem at UoM but I find it boring
I got AAAA* at a levels in the wrong subjects..I thought I wanted to do medicine but I acc was jus doing it to make my parents proud. Now I feel like a failure constantly doubting my own descions and my ability to pass the foundation year
I'm hard working but for some reason I keep on thinking about what would happen if I failed during the foundation year
I'm sure I wanna study chem eng...i acc really like the course and the career.
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Well, the foundation year is meant for people who haven't got the right A-levels. It will get you up to speed but it will be faster-paced than A-levels would have been, since it's just 1 year. Maybe you could do a bit of practice over the summer.
Getting 70% or above at uni is much less rare than it used to be, and anyway what you've heard probably wasn't said with foundation years in mind.
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Hi there, if you think that Manchester isn't the place the University of Huddersfield offer a foundation year called Science extended degree which you can use to progress onto chemical engineering, the degree is based on general scientific knowledge, it's 50% exam and 50% coursework and you need 60% to progress onto chemical engineering.
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(Original post by Aathira N)
Hi there, if you think that Manchester isn't the place the University of Huddersfield offer a foundation year called Science extended degree which you can use to progress onto chemical engineering, the degree is based on general scientific knowledge, it's 50% exam and 50% coursework and you need 60% to progress onto chemical engineering.
Thnx but I really do like the university and the course.
I'm jus doubting my own abilities and wanted some reassurance...like idk many people who go into engineering having not done maths n physics.
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Thnx but I really do like the university and the course.
I'm jus doubting my own abilities and wanted some reassurance...like idk many people who go into engineering having not done maths n physics.
I think chemical engineering is a bit different, more chemistry than maths and physics. Also you won't be going into it without math and physics, that's the whole point of the foundation year. I don't think 70% is impossible for foundation year, but I think you should try to ask yourself if maths and physics is something you're happy to do for a year and risk your course with.
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(Original post by ran-dumb)
I think chemical engineering is a bit different, more chemistry than maths and physics. Also you won't be going into it without math and physics, that's the whole point of the foundation year. I don't think 70% is impossible for foundation year, but I think you should try to ask yourself if maths and physics is something you're happy to do for a year and risk your course with.
Alright that makes sense
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Chemical Engineering is absolutely not more chemistry than maths and physics. This is a common misconception.

Chemical engineering is primarily mathematics, followed by physics, then biology, with economics and chemistry forming the final, smallest portion.

Rate equations are basically the only chemistry we do. Everything else is solving ODEs, modelling reactions and optimising designs.

If you have an offer, they clearly think you're capable, so don't be discouraged! But again, maths is a big part of it - if you find maths hard going, you will struggle.
That being said, work hard, and you'll be able to work it out. It's only a smidge trickier than A-Level maths, you'll likely cover it all in your foundation year.

Any more questions, feel free to get in touch ☺️
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(Original post by Winegum15)
Chemical Engineering is absolutely not more chemistry than maths and physics. This is a common misconception.

Chemical engineering is primarily mathematics, followed by physics, then biology, with economics and chemistry forming the final, smallest portion.

Rate equations are basically the only chemistry we do. Everything else is solving ODEs, modelling reactions and optimising designs.

If you have an offer, they clearly think you're capable, so don't be discouraged! But again, maths is a big part of it - if you find maths hard going, you will struggle.
That being said, work hard, and you'll be able to work it out. It's only a smidge trickier than A-Level maths, you'll likely cover it all in your foundation year.

Any more questions, feel free to get in touch ☺️
I'm very antisocial
Theres a lot of group projects which I'll have to do
That's jus putting me off doing the degree and instead opting for chemistry
I struggled a lot when it comes to interacting with others. It literally drains me
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I can say Maths can be hard but both Maths and Physics needs a lot of practice so you can get the levels you need
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(Original post by Amanda Mbekela)
I can say Maths can be hard but both Maths and Physics needs a lot of practice so you can get the levels you need
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I'm very antisocial
Theres a lot of group projects which I'll have to do
That's jus putting me off doing the degree and instead opting for chemistry
I struggled a lot when it comes to interacting with others. It literally drains me
The group projects are tough, but that's the real world. Very rarely will you be working on a project alone unless you're a specialist/PhD. Even there, you'll be expected to collaborate.

I used to hate group work too, but have actually found myself to be a natural leader of group projects. So much so, that I'm due to start a leadership program in October with a top engineering firm. You may be more capable than you think you are!
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(Original post by tecna)
I'm very antisocial
Theres a lot of group projects which I'll have to do
That's jus putting me off doing the degree and instead opting for chemistry
I struggled a lot when it comes to interacting with others. It literally drains me
Every uni degree everywhere in anything will have group projects, because any job will require working in a group and they are trying to prepare you for that. Including research.
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The group projects are tough, but that's the real world. Very rarely will you be working on a project alone unless you're a specialist/PhD. Even there, you'll be expected to collaborate.

I used to hate group work too, but have actually found myself to be a natural leader of group projects. So much so, that I'm due to start a leadership program in October with a top engineering firm. You may be more capable than you think you are!
Thnx
Ik I sound like an idiot but I only have like 2 days to switch to chemical engineering...I jus dont trust myself enough. Im so mentally ****ed..I dont wanna put myself thru more ****.
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