Chemistry (A Level)
Why study Chemistry?
Chemistry is the study of what things are made of and how they interact within their environment. Chemistry is often referred to as “the central science” as it overlaps with physics, biology and geology, to name but a few. Look around you! Everything is made of chemicals and so chemists have roles in all sorts of industry. The skills we learn are invaluable in a huge range of careers from accounting to rocket science!
In addition to our general entry requirements, you must have:
- GCSE English – grade 4
- GCSE Maths – grade 6
- GCSE Science – two grade 6s (if taking Triple Science, must have a 6 in Chemistry)
- Must have an overall GCSE average of 5.6
The course looks at atoms (the basic building blocks), how and why they combine, and how the resulting compounds behave in the real world. The whole subject is based upon the results of experiments and so involves the learning of many practical techniques.
Our five experienced teachers use a variety of methods of teaching. Chemistry is a highly theoretical subject and students will gain large amounts of notes to help them revise for exams. Students will be given detailed handouts, be expected to take notes themselves and be encouraged to find information for themselves using books or online resources. Outside the 4.5 hours of lesson time, students will be expected to complete 4.5 hours of independent study time per week. Homework will be set regularly so students may think about the classwork in their own time. Both individual and group work is encouraged throughout the course.
In addition, students can look forward to:
- Weekly practical chemistry.
- Tutorial sessions for additional support.
- Access to a wide variety of books, past papers and IT-based resources.
Career and Progression Opportunities
Chemistry is a popular subject and is highly respected for university entry. The majority of our students move on to Higher Education to study on a wide range of different courses. Apart from degree courses in Chemistry itself, the subject is essential for courses like Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Biochemistry. It is extremely useful for other courses
like Physiotherapy, Physics and Biology. Chemistry graduates have a wide range of options open to them. They are sought after by a variety of different employers, although many will go into research in universities or industry.
Course Structure and Assessment
This is a two-year course. All examinations will be in June of the second year.
|Module title and content Assessment
Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry
Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry
Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry
|Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy
Synthesis and Analytical Techniques
Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry
Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis
Examination Board: OCR (A) You will be required to enrol on Level 3 Mathematical Studies if you are not studying A level Mathematics You will be required to attend a transition day in the summer term and complete work over the summer to hand in at enrolment. Without this, you may not be able to take your place on the course.