Learn about the structure, properties and reactivity of molecules. This fundamental knowledge plays an integral role in our understanding of the world. Chemistry is a broad subject ? including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry. And it can include other fields such as biological chemistry and environmental chemistry. You'll gain a thorough understanding of the subject while developing your investigative, practical and scientific literacy skills.
You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification.
For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate.
However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer.
A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register.
Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
This interdisciplinary diploma combines science studies in biology, geography and chemistry, with aspects of technology and social science to help you understand the whole picture. You'll study the problems we face in understanding our natural environment and living sustainably, as well as developing your scientific, interpretive and creative thinking skills.
Learn about the structure, properties and reactivity of molecules. This fundamental knowledge plays an integral role in our understanding of the world. Chemistry is a broad subject ? including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry. And can include other fields such as biological chemistry and environmental chemistry.
In studying this certificate, you'll gain a foundation in the main branches of chemistry and an appreciation of chemistry in all aspects of our lives. You'll explore synthesis of organic compounds, spectroscopic analysis, the Periodic Table and reactivity, bonding and molecular shape, thermodynamics and kinetics. Online and remote experiments, combined with a short laboratory-based residential school at our Milton Keynes campus, will build your investigative and practical skills. This certificate is particularly useful if you're required to teach chemistry up to Key Stage 4, but your background is in another science, or if you're thinking about training to be a chemistry teacher.
This certificate offers a broad introduction to core science subjects while developing essential study skills. You'll explore biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental sciences, physics, astronomy and planetary science.
This diploma is ideal if you're curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a broad range of scientific topics. You'll explore aspects of biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental sciences, physics, astronomy and planetary science ? while developing critical thinking, data analysis and problem-solving skills.
This innovative and flexible module lets you tailor your study by choosing from a list of topics across all science disciplines. To whet your appetite, you might wish to study about autism, nutrition, chemistry, citizen science ? or astronomy, with an online telescope! This module makes use of OpenLearn and other OU topic content. Depending on the topics you choose, you may focus on one topic in depth or study three different topics. The end-of-module assessment will explore your science understanding along with the skills you've developed to be a successful science student.
This is a project module for the BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences. You'll undertake individual investigations within a range of defined topics: combinatorial chemistry, fuel cells, nanotechnology, biopolymers, porous materials or transactinides, metals in medicine and drug design and synthesis. You'll need access to scientific literature, probably from electronic library sources. The study materials provide a guide to planning and conducting project work; help with searching and using the literature; and writing a report, but ultimately this is a chance for you to plan and execute a piece of work for yourself.
This is an online practical-science module. Carry out activities exploring investigative biology and chemistry skills and techniques. Conduct online and home investigations to develop your practical skills, including: experimental design; good laboratory practice; and data handling, interpretation and reporting. Plus, develop your science communication skills by participating in an online journal club.
Chemistry is fundamental in our lives and this module explores chemistry in the context of the natural world, from its role in the environment, in both aqueous and atmospheric systems, to that in plants and animals, in proteins and metabolism. This online module, which includes experimental work, builds on key concepts in inorganic, physical and organic chemistry, exploring the subtle interplay between molecular structure, chemical reactivity and their practical consequences. Application of this chemistry is considered, with topics ranging from materials, industrial and environmental catalysis and pollution control, to diagnostic and therapeutic medicine, as well as strategies for the synthesis and structural determination of organic molecules.
This on-screen module spans biology, chemistry, earth science and physics, drawing them together in a holistic approach to studying the environment. You'll investigate air, water, earth, life and cycles and explore the processes, interactions and feedback mechanisms operating within different environments. Practical experiences provided through multimedia interactive 'virtual' field trip activities and project work allow you to develop skills and apply your learning. By the end, you will be able to make critical analyses of environmental processes and structures, e.g. landforms, soils, water flows and habitats of flora and fauna, and comment on anthropogenic influences and their likely consequences.