Why study A Level Chemistry?
Chemistry underpins and helps explain the world around us. It is at the forefront of many topical and important issues such as nanotechnology and is seen as a prestigious A Level by many universities, being listed as a preferred subject for entry to Oxbridge courses.
There are many science-related opportunities including Medicine, Pharmacology and Veterinary Sciences, as well as non-science related courses such as Law and Accountancy.
How will I be assessed?
After the second year of study there will be three written papers with weightings of 35%, 35% and 30%. These will cover the full course content as well as experiment techniques encountered during a minimum of twelve ‘required practicals’.
Practical skills are assessed during the course and are given a pass/fail status; this does not count towards the final grade. Practical work must be kept in a Laboratory Book.
Students who have followed Combined Science need a minimum of two Grade 6s at GCSE. Students who have studied Triple Science also must have achieved a Grade 6 (one of which must be in Chemistry) and a Grade 6 in another science. The nature of the course includes a strong mathematical element, so a minimum of a Higher Paper Grade 5 (or preferably a Grade 6) in Mathematics is also required.
What skills will I gain from studying Chemistry?
- A capacity for calculating, computing and applying formulae
- Able to assemble and assess data
- Able to develop ideas, gather information, analyse, evaluate and deduce
- Able to work independently and as part of a team to achieve results
- Able to meet deadlines
What else do I need?
You will need to purchase two A4 hard backed lined Laboratory Books (not spiral bound). These are available at a discount price from the LRC or you may purchase your own.
Where can Chemistry lead?
- Petrochemical Industry
- Veterinary Science
- Food Science
- Environmental work
What will I study?
The course covers Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry as well as Practical Work that is assessed throughout the course.