Natural Sciences - Chemistry

Our highly experienced teaching staff help Chemistry students to explore a wide variety of topics including organic, inorganic, physical and theoretical as well as more specific courses as the course progresses.

Course details

Number of students per year
4-8 (from across the Biological and Physical application routes)
Typical offer
A*A*A at A-level; 40-42 points with 776 at Higher Level for the IB.
Essential subjects
At least two Science/ Mathematics subjects
Useful subjects
Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths

At Homerton

Chemistry at Homerton is again part of the larger Natural Sciences cohort and as such you would get to know other students from across this course. Initially supervisions are arranged with other students from Homerton, although as you progress through the years and specialise further you are often in groups with your peers from other colleges. We have a groups of highly experiences supervisors who have been working with Homerton for a number of years. Students at Homerton often choose to complete the fourth year, graduating with a Masters degree, although some choose to move onto jobs at the end of the third year. Students go onto a wide range of careers both in chemical research and industry as well as moving into areas such as power, finance, computing, biochemistry and education.

Hear from our students:

"Natural scientists at Homerton forms a large and close cohort. Besides the fun bit of making friends with different people, a big advantage is that it is easy to find a right person that matches what you need, whether it is a question or an area of interest. It is also cool to see your friends diverge into different subject niches gradually. The course is flexible overall so I can tailor my subjects with my interests. All Natsci DOSes are committed to our education and you can see they prioritise our learning and experiences above anything else. Homerton is known to have a friendly and chilled atmosphere and this has made me really be able to enjoy the quite demanding course. We have great college facilities - literally like a sub-city centre. I can get access to anything I need very easily." - Charles Wei

 

At Cambridge

Chemistry is one of the options within Natural Sciences at Cambridge. You will study a range of subjects in the first year, specialising in Chemistry by the third year. The course covers a wide range of aspects of chemistry including organic, inorganic, physical and theoretical as well as more specific courses in subjects such as Atmospheric Chemistry, diffraction methods and biochemistry. The course is assessed through a combination of ongoing practical work and terminal examinations (roughly a 25:75 split). There are also options in the third year to take assessed courses in a foreign language, mathematical methods and programming. The fourth year involves a significant research project where you join one of the research groups within the department.

What We Look For

We are looking for students who have the academic ability and potential to succeed on the course, as well as the necessary interest in and motivation for the subject.

In order to explore Natural Sciences in more detail we would recommend the introductory reading for prospective applicants and offer holders listed here.

How To Apply

Although we do occasionally consider applicants with two science and/ or mathematics A-levels, most applicants have at least three of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics to A-level. Your A-level subjects may affect which subjects you can take in the first year, but Biology of Cells, Earth Sciences, Evolution and Behaviour and Physiology of Organisms do not require any particular A-level subjects.

Admission Assessment: Applicants for Natural Sciences will take a pre-registration required written assessment in their schools or colleges in the year of application. For further information on the registration deadline and date of the assessment, please have a look here. More detail on the application process, the format and content for the assessment is available in the online Prospectus. For Natural Sciences admissions, Homerton does not require STEP papers, nor do we currently ask for any additional qualifications or tests beyond those that are required by the University in general. 

There is no requirement to submit written work for Natural Sciences.

Career

Students at Homerton often choose to complete the fourth year, graduating with a Masters degree, although some choose to move onto jobs at the end of the third year. Students go onto a wide range of careers both in chemical research and industry as well as moving into areas such as power, finance, computing, biochemistry and education.