A Level Chemistry combines theory with practical experience, encouraging imaginative critical and logical thinking for problem solving. Chemistry is a key subject for many degree courses in science, such as medical, veterinary or dental sciences, biochemistry, or chemistry. Most biological and environmental degrees require a sound A Level pass in Chemistry. It requires analytical powers and academic rigour, and thus lays a suitable foundation for careers in law, accountancy and economics where such qualities are valued. The college has excellent modern facilities to teach this subject.
A Level Chemistry is part of The Sciences Pathway, which also includes Biology, Maths, Further Maths (AS), Psychology and Physics. You will choose 4 AS Level subjects from this pathway in your first year, and then choose 3 subjects to study at A2 in your second year.
Qualification: GCE A Level
Level: Level 3
Timetable: This forms part of a full time programme of study of under 16 hours per week. You will receive your timetable when you enrol.
Start Date: September 2013Fees: For fee information please refer to The Sciences Pathway.
Chemistry is an ideal subject if you want to know how a substance is naturally formed, how it might be synthesised in a lab, or how human life is predominantly based on chemical combinations. The course is suitable for school leavers or those returning to study after a break. It would meet the needs of anyone wishing to study chemistry-related subjects at university.
If you need to know whether this course is suitable for you, you may visit the OCR website (www.ocr.org.uk).
You should have a minimum of 5 appropriate GCSEs at grades A*-C, including maths at grade B or higher and at least grade C in chemistry as a single subject or an A or A* in core or additional science. If you have core and additional science at grade B, you will be asked to sit an entrance test in chemistry. We cannot accept core and additional science at grade C for entry to A Level Chemistry. A GCSE in your home or first language, other than English, cannot be counted as one of the 5 qualifying GCSEs.
The AS course includes structure and bonding, the periodic table, formulae, equations, energetics, inorganic and organic chemistry. You will learn via practical work, videos, discussions, presentations, group activities and lectures. You will practise calculations involving chemical quantities to improve your numeracy skills.
AS Units OCR-A H034
A2 Units OCR-A H434
“The Applied Science course is great as it covers physics, chemistry and biology as well as maths. I especially enjoy the practical lessons we have in chemistry when we get to experiment with solutions and substances. My favourite subject though is definitely forensics – I loved learning all about DNA and fingerprints. It’s so interesting!”