Everything you see around you involves chemistry in some way!
Knowledge of Chemistry will give you a greater understanding of the world we live in. Chemistry is the study of substances, what they are made of, how they interact and what role they play in living things and the environment. Everything you see around you involves Chemistry in some way! Chemists provide many of the materials used in everyday life, together with the knowledge to improve healthcare and to appreciate and tackle the major environmental problems that face us all.
If you enjoy finding out about how the world around you works, and recognising and explaining different patterns of behaviour then you are likely to enjoy Chemistry. Throughout the course, you will carry out practical work to develop your skills and to enhance your learning and enjoyment of the subject. You will be encouraged to participate in competitions such as the RSC Schools' Analyst Competition and the International Chemistry Olympiad, and there are opportunities to attend conferences and university taster events.
"I really enjoy the range of topics, and they all link to each other in some way. The chemistry packs are very useful, especially the practice questions which help consolidate all of the interesting stuff you have learnt!" Joe Bevis, Chemistry student.
Foundation Chemistry: atomic structure, the mole, acids, bases, salts, bonding and structure.
Physical and Inorganic Chemistry: the Periodic Table, groups 2 and 7, energy changes, entropy, rates of reaction, chemical equilibria, pH, buffers, redox reactions, electrochemical cells and the transition elements.
Organic and Analytical Chemistry: alkanes, alkenes, haloalkanes, alcohols, infra-red spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, arenes, carbonyls, carboxylic acids, esters, amines, nitriles, polymers, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and chromatography.
Practical Techniques: titrations, calorimetry, tests for inorganic ions, synthesis of organic liquids and solid, electrochemical cells, rates of reaction and tests for organic compounds.
GCSE grade 7 in Chemistry OR 7 in both combined science GCSE AND Mathematics.
Popular progression routes include University courses such as Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Biological Sciences, Physics, Maths, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, non-STEM subjects such as Law or Economics, and STEM related apprenticeships. Many students take a gap year, including work experience.