Chemistry experience days

We show college students what it is like to study at university and highlight the career prospects that open up with a degree in Chemistry.

Through talks and laboratory work typical of an undergraduate Chemistry class, students will learn more about the preparative procedures in organic chemistry. By the end of the day, they should be able to determine the typical structural formulae of compounds that they prepared and know how to carry out simple organic chemistry operations.

They should also understand recrystallization and melting points, along with value of mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy in structure-determination.

The timetable for a typical Chemistry experience day is as follows:

09:30 - 09:45  Arrival Chichester I foyer
10:00 - 12:00       Lab session (20 min intro & safety talk + 1.5 hour experiments)
12:00 - 12:45        Lunch
12:45 - 14:30        Lab session (WP: melting pts & Spectroscopy tour, SRS: Polymer Identifications)
14:40 - 15:00 Chemistry at Sussex Talk
15:00 - 15:15 Evaluations (WP/SRS)
15:15 - 15:45          Optional campus tour (WP/SRS)


Since laboratory work is involved students should bring a laboratory coat and safety glasses where possible and must be accompanied by at least one member of staff. The students will be covered by our insurance (as they are coming onto the University premises at our invitation). Attending students and teachers are requested to bring a pack lunch and refreshment or money to buy lunch and drinks on campus.

Our Chemistry experience days are designed for A-level students, the next available dates are:

  • Wednesday 29th April 2020

  • Thursday 30th April 

 Click here to book.

We also host the Royal Society of Chemistry Spectroscopy in a Suitcase which we can deliver to you. For more information and to book click here.