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Chemistry Summer Course in Oxford Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2019
Also in Cambridge

Part of the BROADENING HORIZONS Programme


Study Chemistry with our Oxford Summer School 2019. This Chemistry summer course focuses on strengthening core concepts as well as introducing new and exciting topics, to go beyond what students might have had a chance to cover at school.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2019

  • Residential in historic buildings in Oxford
  • An inspiring Chemistry course taught by experts.
  • Combine this course with other options - tailor your programme
  • A truly international environment - over 135 nationalities in 2018

Course Summary

The course aims to give students more confidence and foster curiosity about pursuing the subject in their future studies; no one should leave this course under the impression that Chemistry is boring. The course uses class discussions, debates, presentations, role plays and written work to explore topics that students will not have encountered before in their academic career. It encourages students to think broadly and to apply transferable skills both within the Broadening Horizons programme and in their future academic studies.

As all teachers are highly qualified, they will be happy to answer students’ questions concerning Chemistry, even if it is not within the purview of the course as specified above. Teachers will also be able to give advice on university applications, interview questions, and the plethora of careers that are open to Chemistry graduates.

What will you get out of the Chemistry Summer Course?

In addition to expanding their knowledge of chemistry, The chemistry summer course looks at atomic structure and the concept of moles as related to atomic and molecular masses. It also covers solutions and molar calculations, and then explores acids and bases, including working out the pH of strong and weak acids – all essential applications of Chemistry in industry. Dynamic equilibria, infrared spectroscopy, and the properties of buffer solutions conclude the first week.

The lessons go on to cover oxidation and reduction, before continuing with an introduction to organic chemistry – in particular, focusing on how to identify the features of interest in an organic molecule, which is vital for cutting-edge research into the design of new medicines. Finally, the class covers some simple thermodynamics and kinetics, looking at enthalpy and entropy and the collision theory of reactions. The course will be assessed by an essay and a presentation, in which students will be encouraged to think creatively and explore new areas of Chemistry that build on what they have learned.

The Broadening Horizons Programme

This subject is part of the Broadening Horizons course at Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s Oxford summer school.

The Broadening Horizons course, for students aged 16 to 18, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects - 30+ study options are available!

Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying Broadening Horizons in Oxford get the chance to live and learn in a college of the University of Oxford or in our 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor.

Learn more about and apply for the Broadening Horizons Programme in Oxford

Expectations and Pre-requisites

A background in basic chemistry will be expected for this chemistry summer course – core knowledge such as the definition of atomic number, atomic mass, and the basic trends of the periodic table should be firmly established. Students should be able to distinguish organic chemistry from inorganic and physical chemistry. In addition, a basic knowledge of moles and molarities, as well as a natural curiosity towards the sciences, would be ideal.

Choose your options and apply for Broadening Horizons

The Broadening Horizons programme - our flagship Oxford summer course - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs

To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main Broadening Horizons Programme page

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