Chemistry is all around us. As a fundamental science
it has a profound impact on our planet and is involved in nearly every facet of everyday life. Almost every new technological change and important discovery has its foundation in chemistry. Everyday materials such as drugs, dyes, plastics, agrochemicals, detergents,
paints and cosmetics are the result of chemical research. The study of Chemistry provides a stimulating insight into this material world in which we live. The A-level course builds upon the knowledge of Chemistry introduced through the Science GCSE and aims to stimulate interest and enjoyment of the subject. Scientific principles and concepts are explored both practically and theoretically.
Classwork is designed to build up students’ understanding of the chemical concepts and ideas. This is achieved through practical work, problem-solving or question/answering and other activities. Past papers are issued with mark schemes. Written homework is
set regularly to aid understanding and extra support is available when needed.
To enrol for an A level programme we normally expect applicants to have achieved good GCSE passes in at least six subjects, these must:
• demonstrate the suitability for Advanced Level study
• have been achieved at Grade 4/C as a minimum
• include two at Grade 5/B as a minimum
Mathematics - If not achieved within the scope of the above should normally be achieved at grade 3/D. If mathematics is not achieved at grade 4/C then it will be a requirement to continue to study at the correct level until a grade 4 is achieved. Subjects with a mathematical content will require a higher grade.
In addition to the standard College entry requirements, this course also requires students to have achieved grade 66 or above in GCSE Combined Science (both Higher Tier) or a minimum of 655 in the separate sciences which should include grade 6 or above in Chemistry. A minimum of grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and grade 5 in English Language is also normally required.
The course provides an excellent basis for further study and employment. The vast majority of students progress to a wide range of degree courses ranging from Law to Engineering. A-level Chemistry is essential for entry to degree courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering in addition to Chemistry itself. Many opportunities exist within the chemical and pharmaceutical industries for employment in research and development, quality assurance, marketing, sales and management. Many chemists are employed in service industries such as forensic science, pollution control, environmental health and hospital laboratories. A degree in Chemistry can gain access to other employment such as accountancy, management and teaching.
What does the course combine well with?
A-level Chemistry can be taken alongside any other subject. However, it is advantageous for students to also study another A-level Science and/or Mathematics since these subjects support each other. It is desirable for students to also take the Medicines and Drugs enrichment course.