It is great fun doing something that is so relevant

Thuur van Onzen

A major difference between university and high school is the amount of work you get and its level of difficulty. The course begins with introductory subjects like Chemical Compounds, Process Technology, Thermodynamics & Phase Principles, Calculus and Physics. You explore the chemistry terrain and learn many fundamentals.

You get a good dose of mathematics and physics to help you understand chemistry and in addition to these theory subjects, you also get design-based learning (DBL) and Skill Blocks (SB's).

During the first skill block you learn the basics and are often working on practical tasks. A great start! During DBL you are also doing practical things, working in a team on a project. Our project theme was ‘Sustainable Energy'; producing hydrogen using large solar power installations. It is great fun doing something that is so relevant!

The first year is divided into four lecture blocks of 8 weeks and two examination weeks. In each lecture block you get new subjects, on average 1 to 2 chemistry subjects per block as well as one physics and/or mathematics subject per block. Not to forget your SB and/or DBL. There is plenty of work to do but with the right kind of self-discipline, there is a lot you can do and you will get there!

Many of the subjects are fun. ‘Chemical Compounds' teaches you more about ‘real' chemistry. Like the distribution of electrons within molecules, compound strength and colors of substances. Skill blocks are great because they are so practical! If you put substance A with B, you should get substance C in theory ... but do you? Nothing is more fun than doing chemical reactions in the lab!