Chemistry Applicants – the PSWhy do you want to do Chemistry?How do you know? 2/3 of pageHave you looked around the subject? THIS is whatTell me about chemistry… school, news, society determines if we make an offerWork experience – did you use it effectively?Other stuff you do...Gap year – a plan pleaseOn Gap – what you are doing No is accepted /Re-sitting – say so please. we know anyway so tell the truth rejected on this stuffWhat you do outside of school – DoE etc.
Chemistry Applicants – what we dont want“I like chemistry” but “I like rugby/rowing/whatever a lot more”“I want to do chemistry because it’ll get me into the City”(it may be true but here you can lie to us)
Chemistry Applicants – the interviewRare for a chemistry department not to interview.Some universities will be using it to decide:•If an offer is to be made•What the conditions of an offer will bePurpose of the interview:•to make sure you want to study Chemistry Here•to make sure you are capable (we don’t set people up to fail)•to make sure you understand what you already know•to see if you can work stuff out
Chemistry Applicants – the interviewIf for selection then: vast majority will be technical aspectsQuestions asked? Starting point is the PS.Looking for understanding not memory.“haven’t done that yet” / “long time ago” is not a good answerWe’ll get off syllabus quickly.
Chemistry Applicants – the interviewHow do I prepare? Know some chemistry! Know what you wrote about in your PS Remember what you did last week Have a good understanding of recentexperimentsBe enthusiastic! Do you really want to do a degree here?Remember: we know what you are supposed to know…
Chemistry Applicants – the interviewWill everyone be asked the same questions? NoWhy not? You are an individual You have different interests You are doing different qualificationsIs it fair? Yes We all understand you can have a bad day…
Chemistry Applicants – the interviewWhat kind of questions? Depends on your PS to a large extentProject on bleach? Expect questions on titration, on oxidation-reduction “love organic chemistry”? Expect to be asked to do a mechanism of something and thenhave it modified (e.g. HBr + ethene)“DNA” Expect questions on why it’s a helixExpect to be asked questions that check you understand core principles: estimate moles in….? length / strength of bonds?