On this page, you will find some recommendations on what to watch, read, listen and do to engage with your subject. As well as feeding your intellectual curiosity, these links may provide useful material for your UCAS statement. Once you have engaged with the links, make sure that you practise putting your thoughts into words with the writing activity at the end.


25 Chemistry Experiments in 15 Minutes

Supercharged: Fueling the Future

How is pollution changing the ocean’s chemistry

Is fire a solid, a liquid or a gas?


Compound Interest

Cryo electron microscopy – a Nobel Prize winning new technique

The story of alchemy and the beginnings of chemistry

Elemental: The periodic table at 150

AccessEd Reading List


Brian Cox and Robin Ince in The Infinite Monkey Cage

Jim Al-Khalili’s podcast Life Scientific

Podcasts on chemistry from the University of Oxford

The Guardian’s Science Weekly podcast

Award winning podcast The Naked Scientists


  • Learn about the Green Fluorescent Protein by exploring the multimedia around the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.


  • To apply to university, you need to demonstrate that you are well informed about the subject and have a strong interest in studying it at greater depth. To get started, practice writing about your subject interests by composing short responses to the following questions:
  1. What have you watched, read or listened to that has inspired you?
  2. Why was it interesting?
  3. What new issues did you learn about?
  4. What do you want to find out next?
  5. What excites you about the subject?
  6. Why do you think studying the subject is important?