Why Study Chemistry?

Chemistry is fun and involves a lot of practical activities and games. Some of the topics that we cover over the two years are: Amount of substance; Redox; Acids, bases and buffers; Bonding and structure; The periodic table; Thermodynamics; Kinetics; Equilibria; Organic chemistry; Analytical chemistry, using a range of techniques; Aromatic chemistry; Transition metals; Electrochemistry.

Throughout the two years you will also complete the practical endorsement where you need to demonstrate your ability to complete at least 12 practical skills including IT and research skills. The evidence for this will be in the form of written reports in a lab book.

Why Study Chemisty at Worcester Sixth Form College?

All staff are highly qualified A Level  specialists, and are available via email, between lessons and in workshops to offer all the support you may need. All textbooks and lesson resources are provided, and there is also a detailed online virtual learning environment (Moodle) which is accessible anywhere. This includes videos of virtually all lessons, which are a handy tool if you need to go over something again.

You will get the opportunity to take part in the Chemistry Challenge and Chemistry Olympiad, and also complete your own research project as part of the STEM academy. As a department, we do more than the compulsory practical activities and have a highly experienced technician to help with them.

To enhance learning, we attend the Big Bang Fair at the NEC, and also invite guest speakers from universities, such as ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’, where you get to use expensive equipment that you might find in an analytical/forensic lab.

When we asked our students what they most enjoyed about Chemistry at Worcester Sixth Form College, they said: the lessons are fun; the course content is taught in an interesting and fun way; the lessons are interactive and include everyone; the teacher remembers if an individual struggles with something and help them out individually; the teacher is always happy to help; the teacher is very inclusive and does not make you feel silly for not knowing things; the positive atmosphere; the quality of teaching; the fact that every lesson is available online; the use of molymods to visualise compound.

Aisha Ilott - Chemistry

Aisha Ilott

Chemistry - Home Educated
I chose to study Chemistry out of curiosity and necessity. Someone once told me that Biology is just applied Chemistry, so I was interested to find this out for myself. After studying the course, I now definitely understand that Chemistry enables the understanding of biological processes. Learning Chemistry is like building a pyramid - a solid foundation can allow you to tackle even university-grade material. The Chemistry department are very organised and helpful and I always get the impression that their motto is “No one is left behind”. I guarantee that if at any stage you feel like you don’t understand, you will always be supported. My experience at WSFC has been overwhelmingly positive and I just cannot believe how friendly staff and students are. WSFC almost feels like family! After College, I plan to start medical school.

Progression Opportunities

Chemistry is well respected by top universities, so it is a good facilitating subject. It is a requirement if you want to study Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry or Pharmacy and will help you to study other sciences. Recent students have gone on to study Medicine, Natural Science, Physics with Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Pharmacy, Biomedical Science, Chemistry with industrial experience/ year abroad, Medicinal Chemistry, Forensic Psychology, Environmental Earth Science, Engineering, Palaeontology, Dietetics and Culinary Arts Management. We have even had someone go on to be a Jockey!

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification Name Maths GCSE Req. English GCSE Req. Other Req. Desirable Qualifications Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance on Costs or Commitments
Chemistry64Grade 6,6 or above in Combined Science or grade 6 or above in GCSE Chemistry and another science.Chemistry students not studying A Level Mathematics will be expected to attend Core Maths. Average GCSE score of 5.5Willingness to participate in practical work and lecture visits.Optional trip in year 1 (approx. £8) May need to buy lab coat (approx. £10)

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