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 2020 - April 2021. Therefore, students that have already participated may not want to do so again. 

Wednesday 2 June, 9:15 - 11:00am  

This session is now full. 
Expression of interest form

Age group: Year 12, A Level, BTEC

Max bookings: 30

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
9:15am Log in and get comfortable
9:30am Welcome and introductions
9:45am Interactive session: modelling and analysis of aspirin
10:35am Comfort break
10:40am 'Being a chemistry student' – Q&A
10:55am Closing remarks

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