Chemistry

Course Overview

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.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4), including at least two grade 6s in Science.
You will also need GCSE English at a minimum of grade 4 and GCSE Maths at a minimum of grade 6.

Employability

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.

Qualification
Course Guide
Course Outline

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

Assessment
You will be assessed by a variety of methods during the course. There will be regular class tests, homework, practical activities and research tasks. 

Coursework 
No coursework. A practical endorsement is reported separately if you complete the core experiments.

Examination 
3 written exams at the end of the second year.

Exam Board
OCR
 

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“I have done Chemistry A Level at Cadbury Sixth Form College and the lovely teachers have helped me out in every way possible to achieve an excellent grade.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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