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A Level: Chemistry

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code A1QCH
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

The course builds on skills and knowledge gained at GCSE and covers a range of topics which give students a greater insight into principles and concepts underlying the chemical world.  Specifically, we cover aspects of Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry including the structure of the atom, trends and patterns in the Periodic Table and typical reactions of organic families.

Year 2 revisits the same topics as year 1 and covers them in even more depth. You will gain a greater understanding of the real world applications of these theoretical concepts in your second year. If you like a challenge and you enjoy lots of maths and calculations then Chemistry could be for you.

Details

Year 1 covers:

  • Physical Chemistry: atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, kinetics, equilibria, and redox reactions
  • Inorganic Chemistry: periodicity, group 2 chemistry, and group 7 chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry: organic compounds and isomerism, alkanes, halo-alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, and organic analysis.
  • Practical Skills: experiments are designed to improve practical competence and introduce the student to a wide variety of techniques

Year 2 covers:

  • Physical Chemistry: thermodynamics, further kinetics and equilibria, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells, acids, bases, and buffers
  • Inorganic chemistry: periodicity, transition metals, and reactions of inorganic compounds
  • Organic Chemistry: stereoisomerism, carbonyl chemistry, aromatic chemistry, amines, amino-acids, DNA, organic synthesis and analysis, structure determination, and chromatography
  • Practical Skills: building on Year 1 with more complexity and challenging analysis and evaluation

Entry requirements

  • GCSE Maths and Science (Double Science or two “traditional” sciences) at grade 6
  • All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Your next steps...

Upon completing this course you will be equipped to progress onto university, a higher apprentiship or work. The study of chemistry develops your numeracy, literacy, and practical skills, which are valued by employers. Your ability to understand new concepts and become an independent thinker is enhanced, which is useful in many areas of work.

Possible degree options include Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Biochemistry; Biomedical sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy or Maths. 

Career paths include Research Chemist,  Forensic Scientist, Teacher, Analytical Chemist, Chemical Engineer, Biochemist, Pharmacologist, Doctor, Toxicologist or Environmental Manager amongst others.

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