The course is 4 years, the first 3 years are taught (IE lectures and examinations) the fourth year is entirely research based. In terms of modules, Oxford is quite unusual in the fact it is not modular, Instead, each year you are examined on the whole contents of the course so far.
In the first year you study four areas. Inorganic
. At the end of the year you sit an exam in each. Some topics covered in first year include: redox equilibria; intro to transition metals; atomic structure and periodic trends
; nucleophilic substitution and elimination; core carbonyl chemistry; biological chemistry
; Chemical kinetics; thermodynamics; physical basis of chemistry(physics); calculus of one and two variable; complex numbers; vectors.
I am losing the will to live writing out things included in the course, so I'll stop that.
In second year you no longer have a maths paper so you sit only 3 exams at the end of the year, these test both first and second year material. In second year you also have the opportunity to sit supplementary exams in one of Quantum mechanics, heterocyclic chemistry, crystallography........
In third year you continue with the general course for 1 term, then spend 2 terms on options (you choose 3 from roughly 15 options). At the end of the year you then have 7 exams (2 in each area of chemistry examining the entire course then 1 for options).
Throughout the first three years you also do undergrad labs. These are normally 2 days a week and happen from 11am to 5pm (lectures are 9am to 11am each weekday).
In fourth year you join a research group and carry out full time research https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufUPnSWY6UY
If you are entering upper sixth I would strongly recommend you attend the open day on 15th September