Why Choose Chemistry A-Level?
Are you interested in how we develop new, high-technology materials, fuels and medicines for the future? Chemistry at A Level is required for a range of careers including medicine, veterinary science, food science, agriculture and chemistry courses including forensic and pharmaceutical science. It is an essential support for any higher level study of Biology and gives extended options to enter chemical engineering with Physics and Maths. The skills learned in Chemistry are valued for entry into many other professions such as business, law and ICT.
Resources and Facilities
Lessons take place in well-equipped laboratories. You will follow a programme of experiments linked to your theoretical work. You will gain many practical skills whilst doing this course. We encourage the use of our virtual learning environment to support your studies outside the classroom. Lessons will often include a range of activities to encourage student participation and understanding.
Teaching and Learning Styles
The course is based on aspects of chemistry important to everyday life and modern contexts are used to deliver chemical principles. There is extensive practical work alongside a diverse range of interactive learning activities. Emphasis is placed on transferring knowledge to tackle unfamiliar problems by practising questions.
The A Level assessment is through three written examinations covering the two year course. It will have a separate endorsement of practical skills.
There will be visits from external speakers that will allow students the opportunity to experience different aspects of chemistry. These include the ‘spectroscopy in a suitcase’ event where students become analytical chemists and identify unknown substances. We encourage students to take part in the chemistry Olympiad run by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Most students go on to study a science at university. Many Higher Education courses value the subject for entry. Many students choose Chemistry but many also go on to study Medicine or Biological Sciences.
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|
|Chemistry||6||4||Grade 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 normally be expected to attend a weekly Mathematics for Science support course. Average GCSE score of 5.5||Willingness to participate in practical work and lecture visits.|