An understanding of Chemistry and Chemical processes underpin all that we do. It allows us to understand all that we do. It allows us to explain everything from the composition of stars to the processes of life touching on a myriad of everyday items such as your mobile phone battery, preventing corrosion in your car and making the next great breakthrough in drug discovery.
This will involve two units. One which includes understanding of some key areas in depth and another which looks at the wider applications of Chemistry. The first unit (applications) will be examined in structured questions, the second will be examined in longer answer questions.
This involves three papers,
- Fundamentals of Chemistry
- Scientific Literacy in Chemistry
- Practical Skills in Chemistry
Beyond the minimum entry criteria for Level 3 learning of 5 A*-C GCSE grades, students are also expected to achieve a minimum A and B grade in GCSE Core and Additional Science or an A grade in GCSE Chemistry with at least a B in Physics and Biology. Students are also required to obtain a grade B in GCSE mathematics.
In order to be best prepared for A Level study students are expected to complete a bridging activity from GCSE to A Level before the course commences. In lessons students are required to carry out a number of practical tasks, both in groups and independently. Students’ will need to reflect on their own work and evaluate others, being prepared to articulate results and conclusions. Prior reading is mandatory before each lesson and the use of the VLE is required to complete tasks and extend understanding. Extended reading and annotations of notes is also expected and students are required to regularly assess their learning against the specification. We expect between 6 and 12 hours work outside the lesson in order to be an excellent Chemist.
Extra-Curricular Activities/Independent Learning Opportunities:
Further interest is in Chemistry is generated by extracurricular events, such as participation in the Chemistry Olympiad and visits to chemistry lectures as the opportunity arises.
Studying Chemistry at A Level can lead to careers in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Chemical Research, Pharmacy, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry Teaching and Environmental Sciences.
Good combinations of other subject to study with Chemistry are:
Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Geography, Psychology.
“Students really enjoy Chemistry, they particularly enjoy getting to grips with understanding the fundamental concepts that underpin their practical investigations.”