That is absolutely ridiculous.
The first tutorial I ever had at uni was an introduction to quantum mechanics - it is absolutely key to understanding chemistry in general. Admittedly, I didn't really understand it at first, but it is important to be familiar with it. How on earth can you understand spectroscopy if you have never seen quantum?
As for taking non-chemistry options, this could be good. If you apply for a specific chemistry job, you might be able to get the edge over other applicants if you have taken alot of relavent chemistry options, because you have studied the relavent field(s) in detail. If you go for a non-chemistry job, or some more general post, the fact that you show ability in a wide range of subjects can work very well in your favour - especially modern languages.
The only non-chemistry options availabe to me were german and the philosophy of science - doing one of these supplimentary subjects excuses you from three practicals, and if you get a distinction, it scores you 10 extra marks (given that, combined, the mandatory exams are out of 800, it's insignificant). Problem is, three practicals takes about 4 to 5 days, but a supplimentary is a 16 lecture course and an exam - it's not a very attractive prospect - I took the labs, because I needed as much spare time as possible to try to get even slightly enthusiastic about physical chemistry (I almost failed it in my first year!).