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.
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.
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:
Learn about the periodic table of elements in A-level chemistry classes. Photo credit: oh estelle on Visualhunt.com
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.
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:
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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:
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:
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!
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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The University of Salford offers both BSc and MChem programmes in Chemistry.
At the undergraduate level you can study:
If you want to go for a Masters instead, they offer:
Their curriculum in both cases is quite similar to the other two universities.
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:
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.
Chemistry sets have inspired many to learn Chemistry – whether to become a teacher or to take private chemistry classes. Photo credit: greaterumbrage on Visual Hunt
Don’t have the necessary qualifications to enter the programme? Chemistry courses Birmingham include courses for adults seeking teacher qualifications.
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!