A-Level Practical Days

Come and join us for a day in our teaching laboratories and experience life as an undergraduate chemist. Carry out practical experiments, explore the campus and speak to current staff and students in the School of Chemistry.

The practical days are usually held at the end of June/ early July, however we are unable to host the event in 2022. If there are ways we can support your practical curriculum digitally please contact Louise Crabtree at l.crabtree@leeds.ac.uk to discuss.

The event is free to attend but advanced booking is essential.  Participants are expected to provide their own lunch.

Experimental details

  1. Organic Chemistry
    • Students will gain practical skills in weighing and mixing reagents, refluxing, vacuum filtration and recrystallization. They will carry out analysis using melting point, thin layer chromatography and infra-red spectroscopy (IR).
    • Download the Organic Chemistry experiment.
  2. Physical Chemistry
    • Students will carry out two experiments in the Physical Chemistry laboratory; spectroscopy of the hydrogen atom and kinetics of a first order reaction (hydrolysis of t-butyl chloride). They will measure the rate of reaction at different temperatures using a continuous method, gaining skills in accuracy and precision, and recording and analysing data. They will use computers to manipulate data, plot graphs and draw conclusions.
    • Download the Physical Chemistry experiment.
Book your places using our online booking form
booking form

What are the requirements for the Practical Day?

Participants must be in in Year 12 and studying A-level Chemistry.

All visitors must abide by our health & safety procedures. Lab coats, safety spectacles and any other personal protective equipment will be provided.

What are the planned activities?

A sample itinerary for the Practical Day is below.

09:30  Arrival and registration
09:45  Welcome and introduction.
10:15 Lab session
12:15 Lunch (please bring packed lunch or money to buy lunch)
13:00 Lab session continued
15:30 Evaluation and Depart

Where does the Practical Day take place?

Activities will be held in the School of Chemistry on the University of Leeds campus.

Cancellation Policy

This event is usually over-subscribed therefore we ask that you only request the number of places you can fill. Schools that cancel at short notice, or bring significantly fewer pupils than booked may be excluded from future events.

Please review our Cancellation Policy prior to confirming your attendance.

Participant Code of Conduct

Please review our Participant Code of Conduct prior to confirming your attendance.

Risk Assessment

The risk assessment will be emailed along with arrival information.