School of Chemistry

Headstart Summer School

Headstart Summer School

Each June, Year 12 students from across the country join us for four days of practical activities from the three main subject areas of chemistry.

Last year, we hosted a group of 30 Year 12 students. They gained some practical chemistry experience, with activities including:

  • making a transition metal complex (inorganic)
  • making an ester (organic)
  • analysing the percentage of copper in some alloys using colorimetry (physical)

They visited the MSD manufacturing plant in Cramlington to see how chemistry is applied in the pharmaceutical industry.

Students discovered what it's like to study chemistry at Newcastle University. They attended a talk by our undergraduate admissions tutor, took a tour of the School, and had an informal question and answer session with current undergraduate students.

They also attended a demonstration lecture entitled Chemistry of the Senses, given by our Outreach Officer and Headstart Chemistry School host, Dr Peter Hoare.


Headstart Summer School is an annual event that takes place in June each year. To book a place, contact us.