Chemistry is the study of the nature, behaviour and properties of substances. This subject helps students understand the modern world and the way in which materials and chemical processes interact with the environment and the changes it undergoes. This is a practically based course and is intended to develop the skills and knowledge of the student to understand the behaviour of chemicals.

Chemistry can lead to a diverse range of career options. These can include engineering, food processing, winemaking, paints, plastics and pharmaceuticals. Many chemists work in research and development, chemical analysis and today environmental monitoring. Many applied science tertiary courses require the student to have Level 3 Chemistry.

The major topics in the Level 2 course are Quanitative analysis, , The Nature of structure and bonding and thermochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Aqueous and Equilibrium, and Redox. There is a strong practical element to this course.

The Level 3 course involves the study of Oxidation – Reduction, Aqueous Chemistry, Properties of particles and thermochemical principles, Organic Chemistry and an Extended Practical Investigation – this investigation will include the collection of quantitative data about some chemical substance and the student may use a variety of different techniques to achieve this. They may include the use of titration, precipitation, colorimetry or some other appropriate analytical technique.


Please see the links below to have a look at the course outlines. These are in pdf format and require a reader