A-Level Practical Assessment Days

For schools taking part in our Step into Leeds programme we offer support for the chemistry required practical. Students can join us for the day and experience life as an undergraduate chemist. They will carry out a practical experiment in our teaching laboratories, explore the campus and speak to current staff and students in the School of Chemistry.

The practical days are held in the summer term and are offered free of charge. Participants are expected to provide their own lunch.

Experimental details

Preparation of a pure organic solid and test of its purity

    • 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).
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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.