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Diploma of Higher Education in Chemistry - Learning outcomes

Educational aims

This qualification aims to give you:

  • a life-long interest in chemistry through modules that are accessible to people with of all educational backgrounds
  • an understanding and knowledge of core chemical concepts and principles basic practical and problem-solving skills, through the application of standard methodology in chemistry
  • an appreciation of the limitations of scientific knowledge in chemistry
  • a range of transferable skills that will be of value in employment and your studies, both within and without the chemical arena
  • an opportunity to enhance your personal development.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this qualification, you’ll have knowledge and understanding of:

  • the fundamental concepts, principles, theories, methods and language used in the main branches of chemistry, as well as a basic understanding of its role as the central science across a wider range of scientific disciplines
  • the contribution of chemistry to informed debate and ability to recognise different lines of evidence and appreciate the limits of current scientific knowledge.

Cognitive skills

On completion of this qualification, you’ll be able to:

  • select and apply conceptual knowledge and understanding of chemistry to devise strategies, develop and present reasoned arguments, and solve problems in familiar and unfamiliar contexts
  • identify, interpret and analyse chemical information and data from a range of different sources.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this qualification, you’ll be able to:

  • conduct practical investigations in a responsible, safe and ethical manner taking proper account of risk assessment and health and safety regulations
  • obtain, record, collate and analyse data derived from practical investigations and interpret and report their significance in the light of underlying theory, practical issues and relevant information from other sources
  • take personal responsibility to identify goals and organise your tasks effectively, recognising the necessity for continuing development personally, professionally and in your studies.

Key skills

On completion of this qualification, you’ll be able to:

  • use a range of digital practices and tools to retrieve, use, create, analyse, share and present data, information and knowledge
  • select and apply appropriate quantitative methods and tools, appreciating the limits of accuracy and precision in chemical and analytical measurements
  • communicate chemical information, data and ideas accurately and effectively in a style that suits purpose and audience
  • work effectively with others to explore aspects of chemistry and enhance your learning and performance.