- Course Code: 7882
- Duration: 2 years
- Validated by: Oxford, Cambridge & RSA.
- Study Mode: Full time
Chemistry has overwhelmingly improved our quality of life. Pharmaceuticals, textiles, semiconductors, composites, healthcare products, detergents and personal care products are some examples without which our lives would be radically different. A-Level Chemistry is taught via a stimulating combination of lessons, practicals and self-study exercises.
- What will I study?
In the first year, you will look at foundations of chemistry; which included atomic structure and bonding. Other modules include the periodic table, energy and organic chemistry. In addition to this you will develop your practical skills. Parts of these practical skills are set by the exam board and will always complement the theory taught.
In the second year you will study the above and physical chemistry, transition elements and some spectroscopic analysis. You will further develop your practical skills, some of which form part of the practical endorsement that will appear on your certificate.
- Entry Requirements
In addition to the general Sixth Form entry requirements (5 Cs at GCSE or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs), you will also need a minimum of a GCSE Grade B in Core Science and an B Grade in Additional Science. Note: equivalent grades in the separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) in the theory units are acceptable.
- How will I be assessed?
In each year there are two written examination papers assessing the theory component. In the summer, you will take a 1 hour written paper on the content of the first theory unit, and you will take a 1 hour 45 minute written paper on the content of the second theory unit. Questions are a mixture of short answer recall, and longer answers, including analysis and interpretation of material. In addition your tutor will assess your practical skills.
- What can I do next?
It is likely that you will want to go onto further study at university. An A-Level in Chemistry could help you to get a place on a wide variety of science based degree courses. Chemistry is essential for medicine, pharmacy and environmental science but it is also a well-respected subject in its own right and suitable for entry into a wide range of professions. Alternatively, it may help you straight into the world of work or some work based further training.
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