Chemistry taster day

This experience day at the University of Sheffield gives A Level chemists a taste of what it’s like to study chemistry at university.

Chemistry taster day

Analysing and modelling aspirin

A free virtual taster session for  Y12 students studying A Level Chemistry with an interest in studying Chemistry at university.


Friday 12 June 2020, 9.45am - 12.45pm- This session is full

Friday 17 July 2020, 9.45am - 12.45pm - This session is full

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Places available: 18

This virtual taster session delivered by the University of Sheffield gives you an insight into studying chemistry at university. The session is for Y12 students studying A Level chemistry with an interest in studying chemistry at University.

In this interactive session, we will explore how chemists analyse their samples, using aspirin as an example. We will discuss infrared (IR) spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and you'll learn how to use molecular modelling software to visualise aspirin in 3D as well!

After a quick break, there will be a chance for you to find out more about being a chemistry student at the University of Sheffield, as you take part in a Q&A. You will have the chance to talk to some of our current undergraduate students, a member of our admissions team, and a careers expert, who will all be on hand to answer any queries you might have about studying chemistry at university.

If you’d like to have a go at making aspirin virtually before the session, why not try this simulated experiment from the Royal Society of Chemistry? 


Time Activity
9.45am Log in and get comfortable
10.00am Welcome and introductions
10.15am Interactive session: modelling and analysis of aspirin
11.45am Comfort break
12.00midday 'Being a chemistry student' – Q&A
12.30pm Closing remarks

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