A-Level Chemistry

Course Information

  • 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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A-Level Study Programme

A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

 As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.
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