BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

Students undertaking this programme complete the one yearHNC Chemical Process Technology programme at Forth Valley College followed by guaranteed progression to year 2 of a BEng Chemical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. This course is part of the Engineering Academy offered by the University of Strathclyde.

Applicants should apply through UCAS at (UCAS code: 0BRT)

During the HNC Year students study the fundamental principles of chemical engineering and chemistry and will also get the chance to develop practical skills. Upon completion of the HNC students transfer to year 2 of BEng Chemical Engineering at Strathclyde University.

In years 2 and 3 topics include Material and Energy Balances, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Mass Transfer and Fluid Flow. Engineering practice and chemical engineering laboratory work are also introduced along with finance and business studies. The principles taught in Years 2 and 3 are applied to the most important unit operations used in the chemical and process industries, including distillation, gas absorption and adsorption, evaporation, crystallisation, filtration and drying. Reactor design, biochemical engineering and food processes are also covered. Laboratory work continues and you will carry out two small Chemical Engineering design projects to apply your growing knowledge to a practical problem.

In year 4 students carry out an individual research project and submit a thesis.

  • Chemical Engineer

  • Students following this programme will have the opportunity to progress to MEng Chemical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde subject to academic performance.

One of the following:

  • Four Highers at grade B or equivalent (to include Mathematics, Chemistry and ideally Physics)
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering or Scientific Technologies plus three further Highers at BBB to include Chemistry, Maths and preferably Physics

Additional Requirements:

  • Final selection is subject to successful interview

Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email


  • Location

    Falkirk Campus

  • Attendance


  • Start date

    24 August 2020

  • End date

    11 June 2021

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7