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BSc Chemistry via the Open University (OpenPlus) – University of Reading

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    A flexible route into higher education

BSc Chemistry via the Open University (OpenPlus)

The 'OpenPlus' entry route allows students with an active interest in chemistry to take a more flexible route into higher education. Are you looking for a change of career or to gain an additional qualification? This scheme offers you the opportunity to study for a BSc Chemistry degree from the University of Reading in a more flexible, cost effective way.

In the first two or three years (depending on your previous experience), you will study with the Open University (OU) by distance-learning and benefit from the OU's excellent course materials, tutor support, seminars and practical courses. Successful completion of your studies allows entry into the second year of the BSc Chemistry course at Reading.

Your final two years are spent in full-time study at Reading covering core and optional modules. Much of your final year is spent working on a research project, giving you a range of transferable skills, which are highly valued by today's employers. It is also possible to carry out your third year project in a local secondary school, which is an excellent introduction to teaching for students considering going on to a PGCE.

Length of programme

4 or 5 years, depending on your previous experience (2 or 3 years part-time, 2 years full-time)

Entry Requirements

All students are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Open University. If you complete your 2 or 3 years to a satisfactory level, you then progress to study at Reading.

What will you learn?


  • Questions in science (S111)
  • Science: concepts and practice (S112)
  • Laboratory skills for science (SS001)
  • Chemistry: essential concepts (S215)
  • Laboratory skills for chemistry (SS002)


  • Further inorganic chemistry
  • Further organic chemistry
  • Further physical chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Concepts in chemistry
  • Practical chemistry
  • Chemistry option* Medicinal chemistry or Environmental chemistry
  • Choice of specialist advanced topics in chemistry
  • Project


  • Choice of specialist advanced topics in chemistry
  • Project

Selection of modules is dependent on experience. Please visit for more information.

*Please note that all modules are subject to change.


For information on how to apply, please contact:

Dr Philippa Cranwell
Chemistry Admissions Tutor
T: 0118 378 6312

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