Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of substances; their properties, structure, and the changes they undergo. It begins with looking at nature and breaking this matter down into the atoms and molecules of which it is composed. It is not seeing the wood from the trees, but seeing the molecules and atoms from the trees! It is all around us and this course allows us to see the world differently through experimentation, theory and laws. A Student Completes a flame experiment! Chemistry forms some part of all courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Engineering and in most Science courses.

The chemistry syllabus is practical and experimentally based. All students will carry out the 28 experiments on the syllabus including flame tests, distillation and even the making of soap. The syllabus has the following components:

  • Pure chemistry, 70%
  • Applications of chemistry, 22.5%
  • Chemistry for citizens, 7.5%

Chemistry is taught through the use of practical applications and exemplars relevant to students own lives which are included whenever possible. The inclusion of the applications of chemistry will emphasise the vocational aspects of the subject and will enable students to see where it applies in the world of work. The chemistry laboratory is well equipped with all the necessary apparatus and state of the art IT equipment including the ceiling mounted data projector. Students are given full recognition for carrying out the mandatory experiments using computer interfacing and other modern methods of computer aided technology. This subject aims to provide students with the skills necessary to analyse and investigate the chemical world and approach problems with a deeper understanding of how the world works. It also provides a foundation course for those who will continue to study Chemistry or related subjects.

Transition Year Chemistry is an eight to nine week module. The module allows for research and investigation, interpretation of results and development of practical skills. In this module the students study a wide variety of topics, such as:

  • Volumetric Analysis
  • Acids and Bases
  • Environmental Chemistry – Water
  • The Periodic Table
  • Organic Chemistry