A number of applied school science courses recommend that students should make a site visit to some aspect of the chemical industry. Such visits are often difficult to organise and some areas are almost impossible to get access to. Major constraints on organising visits to laboratories, pilot plants or production sites are time, space, safety and compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice. Visitors are prohibited in some areas when active large scale chemistry is underway and therefore planning visits weeks in advance becomes impracticable.
To support the needs of applied science courses and some A-level chemistry courses, virtual visits of the chemistry laboratories and pilot plant on a pharmaceutical company site have been created.
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