What you see when you burn magnesium or put some indicator into an acid are clues about what is going on at the molecular level. Chemistry is the study of reactions at molecular level. Chemists interpret what we see so that we can model what happens at the atomic and sub-atomic level.
A Level Chemistry is essential for Medicine and many other related degree courses. Chemistry graduates are highly sought after in a wide range of careers. The skills you learn are transferable to many other situations as you learn to be organised, think logically and present ideas clearly.
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including:
- Maths at grade 6 and above
- English at grade 5 and above
- at least two 6s in Science
If you are not also studying A Level Maths, and you have a 6 in Maths you will be asked to study AS Core Maths in your first year alongside your other courses.
Chemistry is a versatile subject that develops many important skills which are valued and recognised by both potential employers and universities. If you are interested in studying any medical based subject, for example, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy or Veterinary Science, a good grade in A Level Chemistry is a compulsory requirement.
Course books are provided for all students in addition to a range of resources, including Kerboodle. This provides online support with interactive tutorials, maths skills boosters and revision podcasts. Chemistry is a good subject to study alongside Biology, Physics, Maths and Psychology.
Six modules to study over 2 years:
Unit 1: Development of practical skills in Chemistry
Unit 2: Foundations in Chemistry
Unit 3: Periodic Table and Energy
Unit 4: Core Organic Chemistry
Unit 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
Unit 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis
You will be assessed by a variety of methods during the course. There will be regular class tests, homework, practical activities and research tasks.
No coursework. A practical endorsement is reported separately if you complete the core experiments.
3 written exams at the end of the second year.