Interested in finding out how the fundamental building blocks of life work - how substances interact with each other on a molecular level? Then chemistry might be the subject for you! Find out where you can learn chemistry in Manchester at various levels - whether you are just starting or want to continue on and get a chemistry degree.

Learning Chemistry at a Manchester School

If you enjoyed your first forays into chemistry at school, you might be thinking of taking it for your GCSEs or A-levels. Many schools have science programmes at that level, but there are also specialised colleges that offer courses as well as places that can help you with revision or tuition - and not just chemistry courses in London.

GCSE Chemistry Classes in Manchester

At a GCSE level, you can choose chemistry as part of a science programme and get additional help for revisions or longer-term tuition if you are struggling with basic chemistry. Several institutions offer this:

  • The Wilmslow Tuition Centre offers group tuition in small classes at GCSE level with accelerated courses for revisions during the school holidays. They also offer lessons for Years 8 and 9 for students wanting to consolidate their science knowledge before embarking on GCSEs.
  • Justin Craig Education operates two centres in Manchester for holiday revision courses: at St. Bede’s College in Alexandra Park and at Chetham’s School of Music in the Cathedral Gardens. You will be covering basic atomic structure, the periodic table, quantitative chemistry, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, chemical analysis, organic chemistry and inorganic compounds including environmental chemistry.
  • Abbey College has a residential GCSE programme for all three sciences (Physics, Biology and Chemistry), though it is also possible to study them individually. Even if you do choose a combined GCSE, you will be getting separate qualifications.

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A-level courses in Chemistry in Manchester

If you decide to go on to A-levels, you have several choices for advanced or remedial courses in Manchester to help you master the curriculum.

  • Again Justin Craig offers revision courses for A-level students. You will cover moles, atomic structure, energetics, bonding, enthalpy, kinetics, reactions, equilibria, redox, acids and bases. In inorganic chemistry you will be doing alkaline metals and halogens; in organic chemistry, alkanes, organic analysis and alcohols. A2 students will review physical chemistry (with thermodynamics and electrochemistry), inorganic chemistry (with transition elements, ion solutions) and organic chemistry (aromatic compounds, polymers, organic synthesis, and NMR - chromatography and spectroscopy). The revision groups are small and many of the teachers are examiners themselves.
  • The Manchester College offers A-level courses on its Shena Simon Campus. You will learn about green chemistry, chemical analysis, ionic interactions and the periodic table.
  • Abbey College offers full A-level courses, including the usual curriculum with its focus on chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, including practical experience.

Study Chemistry at University Level in Manchester

If you want to become a chemist or research new compounds and make advances in chemistry, you can study chemistry at a university level in Manchester. Three different universities in Manchester have a department of chemistry:

  • The University of Manchester
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • The University of Salford
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Studying Chemistry at the University of Manchester

The University of Manchester offers chemistry at the undergraduate, graduate and even post-graduate research levels.

To enter an undergraduate programme, you will usually need three full A-levels in the AAA-ABB range, including chemistry and usually one other science or maths subject at least. The first two years are the same for Bachelor and Masters degrees, then diverge. You will be learning lab work, but also data handling and IT skills necessary for computer-based chemistry.

First-year students will cover subjects such as reactivity and chemistry, practical chemistry, biochemistry basics and environmental chemistry.

Year two subjects include physical chemistry, organic molecule structure and reactivity, spectroscopy and separations, biology and bioethics.

Undergraduate courses (3 years, BSc) include:

  • Chemistry, including core physical chemistry, organic synthesis, undergraduate research project, nuclear chemistry
  • Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry, covering biophysical and bioorganic chemistry, properties of medicines, polymer chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry.
    Science with an Integrated Foundation Year (if you lack the grounding in science needed for the courses)

Graduate Programmes (MChem, 4 year) let you start directly after A-levels (A*AA chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject), or you can switch from Bachelor’s to Masters at the end of year one or two. MChem offers at the University of Manchester include:

  • Chemistry, including physical chemistry, coordination chemistry, solid state and surfaces, analytical chemistry, radiochemistry and nuclear chemistry, organometallic chemistry, computational modelling techniques and magnetic resonance.
  • Chemistry with Industrial Experience, including distance learning while you are in an industrial placement
  • Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry, including bioorganic chemistry, graduate research projects, medicines design and application, molecular interactions and catalysis or advanced organic synthesis
  • Chemistry with International Study (year 3 is spent abroad with a partner institution; you will have to take language units in years 1 and 2 to qualify for study in Europe)

Postgraduate research programmes include PhD, MPhil or MSc by Research. You decide on a research project that you will see through to your degree.

There are also a number of interesting Chemistry courses in Glasgow universities!

Study Chemistry at Manchester Metropolitan University

At Manchester Metropolitan, you can choose between Chemical Science, Medicinal and Biological Chemistry or Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

At an undergraduate level, you will need grades at least BCC-BBC including a C grade in Chemistry. You will have the option of a 3-year full-time programme or 4 years with a sandwich year.

Year one includes inorganic and organic chemistry, mathematical methods and chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics and kinetics, chemical analysis, chemistry in society and laboratory techniques.

Year two includes structure and spectroscopy, instrumental analysis, carbonyl group chemistry, solid state, metal complexes, molecular symmetry.

Undergraduates in year 3 will have their own research project for the following semester or two in addition to learning advanced lab techniques, physical chemistry and instrumental analysis.

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Chemistry at the University of Salford

The University of Salford offers both BSc and MChem programmes in Chemistry.

At the undergraduate level you can study:

  • Chemistry with environmental chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Biochemistry

If you want to go for a Masters instead, they offer:

  • Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry

Their curriculum in both cases is quite similar to the other two universities.

Become a Chemistry Teacher in Manchester

Do you love chemistry, but don’t fancy yourself working as a researcher in a laboratory or pharmaceutical firm? Not interested in becoming a forensic scientist or pioneering new substances working in industrial chemistry - but you enjoyed high school chemistry and think it might be fun to teach introductory chemistry at GCSE or A-level?

The University of Manchester not only has faculties for academic chemistry but also offers college-level chemistry courses for prospective chemistry teachers. These are graduate courses, so you will need to get your undergraduate chemistry degree before embarking on that road. Entry qualifications are:

  • 2:2 honours degree minimum, with at least half of the courses related to chemistry. Obviously, a BSc in chemistry is ideal.
  • B grade or higher in A-levels (though they’ll accept C if your work since then has shown significant improvement)
  • C or 4 minimum GCSE in English and mathematics.

It’s a 10-month, full-time degree that offers the opportunity for classroom experience, and costs roughly £ 9,250 per year (prices are adjusted every academic year). At the end of the course, you will graduate with a PGCE and have Qualified Teacher Status as a secondary school chemistry teacher, capable of teaching the national curriculum at GCSE and A-level (ages 11-16 or 11-18).

In addition to the basics of general chemistry taught in a seminar and lecture halls and study groups, you will learn how to plan classes, set tests and grade papers, together with a university mentor and the teachers at the schools the university works with, not only in Manchester, but also Bury, Lancashire, Merseyside, Staffordshire, Warrington and others.

And if, after all, you decide to go for your Masters degree, the PGCE qualification counts for 60 credits out of 180 necessary for an MSc at the University of Manchester.

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Finding a Private Chemistry Tutor in Manchester

Learning chemistry can be difficult - there’s a lot to take in and not everyone is comfortable with the maths. If you find that a single revision class is not enough to help you through your GCSEs or A-levels, or if you’re having trouble with your university classes, taking classes with a private tutor is a good way to stay ahead.

The advantage is in having someone able to adapt to your schedule and needs rather than follow a set curriculum.

You can, of course, decide to study chemistry entirely with a tutor, but this has certain disadvantages unless your tutor has a lab at home or can rent lab space somewhere. However, a tutor can help with the theoretical aspects of chemistry and allow you to learn more intensively.

Superprof has over 100 chemistry tutors in Manchester ready to help you master chemical reactions, organic compounds, thermochemistry and oxidation-reduction.

UK Chemistry courses are quite varied - not just in Manchester! If you are a chemistry student in Leeds you can also get a private tutor.

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