Chemistry taster session

This taster session 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 students studying A Level Chemistry with an interest in studying Chemistry at university.

Please note this is a repeat session of the events ran between April - October 2020. You are welcome to attend again, however, please be aware the content of the session will be the same. 

When: Monday 7 December 2020, 4:15pm - 6:00pm

Places available: 25

Year 13, A Level, BTEC

Book your place here

The following taster session is aimed at any Y13 pupils who have not yet submitted their UCAS form, and are therefore not holding any offers with the University of Sheffield. Any pupils who are offer holders and book onto a taster session will instead be invited to join us for our Virtual Applicant days from December - April.

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 get the chance 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 and a member of our admissions team, 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
4:15pm Log in and get comfortable
4:30pm Welcome and introductions
4:35pm Interactive session: modelling and analysis of aspirin
5:35pm Comfort break
5:40pm 'Being a chemistry student' – Q&A
5:55pm Closing remarks

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