There are three main aspects of the programme:
You will receive high quality materials and a structured study programme in three-week cycles. Each cycle will include a structured self-study and a one-hour tutorial.
The programme runs from March of Year 12, through Year 13 with a different topic discussed every cycle, designed to align with your A-level course.
You will also learn about real-life applications of the science and links to research.
You will attend small group mentor sessions. These provide opportunities to discuss university life, university applications and provide a consistent supportive environment where you can address any concerns about your studies.
There will also be the opportunity for an onsite/virtual visit (Covid-19 dependent), to include a tour of Durham University’s Chemistry department.
You will be invited to online guest lectures given by renowned academics in a range of STEM subjects. These will demonstrate how different aspects of the subjects are applied in a wide variety of STEM careers.
You will have the opportunity to get to know and work with members of the Durham University Community, including your tutors, mentors and guest lecturers.
Upon successful placement on the programme, you will be allocated:
Following an online introductory session in March 2022, you will complete work on different subject specific topics in three-week cycles.
In a three-week cycle, it is expected that you will spend approximately:
It is desirable that you commit an average of 60 minutes per week to the programme.
The usual timeline for the programme will follow three-week cycles, from March 2022 through much of the 2022/23 academic year, focussed around school term times.
Please note, to participate in the Chemistry Programme, you must be studying the following A-level (or equivalent) subjects: A-level Chemistry and A-level Maths.
Further information about eligibility is on our Eligibility Criteria page.