Chemistry 1A (Special Studies Program) (CHEM1903)


Entry to Chemistry 1A (Special Studies Program) is restricted to students with an excellent school record in Chemistry. The practical work syllabus for Chemistry 1A (Special Studies Program) is very different from that for Chemistry 1A and Chemistry 1A (Advanced) and consists of special project-based laboratory exercises. All other unit of study details are the same as those for Chemistry 1A (Advanced). A Distinction in Chemistry 1A (Special Studies Program) is an acceptable prerequisite for entry into Chemistry 1B (Special Studies Program).

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


Three 1 hour lectures, one 1 hour tutorial per week and one 3 hour practical per week for 11 weeks.


Theory examination (60%), laboratory work (15%), online assignment (10%) and continuous assessment quizzes (15%)


A booklist is available from the First Year Chemistry website.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

90 or above in HSC Chemistry or equivalent


CHEM1001 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1909 or CHEM1109

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.