Chemistry

Chemistry is involved in virtually everything we do. Chemistry explores physical matter and investigates how it exists, how it can react and what it is composed of.

While studying chemistry at school, you will learn how chemical reactions occur. This is one of the basic concepts of chemistry as a field. Chemistry knowledge is needed in new material development, such as the development of the world’s lightest and strongest body armour. It is needed in developing drugs and materials that we can put in the body to help advance healing. Chemistry even deals with one of the largest issues facing humanity in the future – how are we going to produce fuel?

Chemistry teaches students how chemical bonds are formed, how to assess properties, how to manipulate reactions, and much more.

What will I learn?

Students will be introduced to the broad concepts that underpin chemistry. These include chemical reactions, atomic structure, the crossover between biology and chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry and more.

As students develop, options become available to study areas of interest. These include synthetic biology, nanotechnology, catalysis (how to speed up reactions) and many more. Students will be provided with the foundation knowledge required to enter a chemistry-based career.

Students will have the opportunity to undertake a research project of their own and/or to complete a year working in industry, providing them with the skills they will need to become independent scientists and explore different experimental techniques, easing the transition into the working world.

Careers

Many graduates enter chemical work in industry research, development or production, or in academic or government establishments. Destinations for graduates include pharmaceutical companies such as AstraZeneca, as well as Cadburys, Johnson and Johnson and the Ministry of Defence.

You can also use the logical and practical training of a chemistry degree to enter the marketing, sales or management aspects of industry, as well as scientific journalism or publishing.

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