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James Boswell Course | VWO Chemistry (English)

Chemistry class

Course Content

Is VWO Chemistry an entry requirement for the degree programme you wish to pursue? Our chemistry courses support anyone needing chemistry in order to enroll in a Higher Education Institution in the Netherlands.

Boswell‑Bèta offers:

  • Many contact hours
  • Inspiring and experienced teachers
  • Extra support in Study Lab
  • Extra support by teaching assistants from Utrecht University.
  • A modern venue at Utrecht Science Park
  • More than 50 years of experience

Our course covers the Dutch VWO programme in chemistry required to enroll in various HE institutes in the Netherlands.


The chemistry course will be offered as a summercourse in the months June and July. This course has five classes a week (total: 20 hours / week)

Keep in mind that each contact hour requires one hour of homework (preparation and practice).


  • Atomic Model: protons, neutrons, electrons, isotopes
  • The Periodic Table: alkali metals, earth metals, halogens, nobel gasses
  • The Periodic Table: reactivity, ionic charge
  • Ionic solids, solubility
  • Atomic bond, electronegativity, dipole
  • Intermolecular interactions: van der Waals forces, dipole-dipole, hydrogen bonds
  • Hydrophylic and hydrophobic solvents, solubility
  • Chemical calculations: the mole, stochiometric amount and excess, efficiency
  • Chemical calculations: concentration
  • Ideal gasses: Gas Law, molar volume
  • Energy diagrams, reaction rate, order of a reaction, catalysts
  • Equilibrium: partitioning, solubility constant, gas equilibria
  • Equiulibrium: influence of temperature and pressure
  • Acid-base equilibria, strong and weak acids and bases, Ka, Kb, pH, pKa and pKb
  • Buffers, conjugated base and conjugated acid
  • Titration, equivalence point, back titration
  • Redox: half reaction, total reaction, standard potential, predicting reactions
  • Redox: the electrochemical cell, the car battery, Ni-Cd battery
  • Electrolysis
  • Corosion
  • Organic chemistry: alkanes, alkenes and alkynes, alcohols, amines
  • Organic chemistry: ethers, ketones, aldehydes, carboxylic acids, aromatic compounds
  • Reactions in organic chemistry: substitution and addition, esters and condensation reactions
  • Organic chemistry: cis-trans isomerism, asymmetric centre, optical activity, stereo isomerism
  • Polymers: addition polymerisation, condensation polymerisation, thermoplastic and them setting materials
  • Biochemistry: amino acids, dipeptides, proteins, DNA, RNA, tRNA, translation, transcription
  • Biochemistry: carbohydrates, poly-carbohydrates
  • Chemical Analysis: chromatography, gas chromatography, mass spectra, IR-spectra
  • Chemical Industry: bulk processing, continuous and batch processing

Course Structure

Work method

Explanation of the theory by the teacher after which you work on exercises with the help of the teacher or an assistant.

Study hours and commitment

128 contact hours and ca. 128 hours of self-study.

Student commitment

Active participation during the classes and doing your homework.

Study Lab

Next to the regular class hours, you are welcome to join Study Lab.

Study Lab is the place where you can self-study and/or ask additional questions. At least one teacher will be available during Study Lab.

Course Materials

  • Textbook: included in the course
  • BINAS English edition, Wolters-Noordhoff, Groningen, 5th print
  • Protractor
  • Simple calculator with logarithmic and goniometric functions. A graphing calculator is not permitted.

Prior Knowledge

Sufficient basic knowledge of chemistry and mathematics is an important ingredient for success.

Basic mathematical skills consist of:

  1. The number line
  2. Calculations with fractions
  3. Calculations with exponents and logarithms
  4. Basic Algebra
  5. Linear equations
  6. Quadratic equations

Eliminate deficiencies before starting a course. If in doubt contact the chemistry department.


You complete the course with the James Boswell exam. You can find the exam schedule here. You are automatically registered for the exam which directly follows the course. If you are taking an exam at another time, or if you have to take a resit: register separately for this exam on the exam page.

If you are going to study medicine or dentistry, then in some cases it is necessary the take the entrance exam of the CCVX. You must register separately for this. Our courses also prepare for this exam.

Always ask the study advisor of the institution/university about the validity of the James Boswell certificate.


If you have any questions about contents or admission to the course, please contact us for more information.

Attention: fulfill your registration in due time. Two weeks before the start of a course Boswell‑Bèta will decide upon whether the course will actually take place. A course will only take place with a sufficient number of participants.

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