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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.

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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.

Course Outcomes

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.


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.


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1209 (University of Cambridge)

Imperial College London

  • Location London
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite
  • Year Built Founded in 1907

Further Information

How to Enrol

Chemistry is part of the Broadening Horizons programme.

To visit Broadening Horizons and take Chemistry as a course option, just click the button below and follow the instructions.

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