Chemistry is the science of the structure, properties, and reactions of matter. It is a basic science, key to an understanding of the world we live in and a practical science with an enormous number and variety of important applications.
Knowledge of chemistry is fundamental to an understanding of biology and biochemistry and of certain aspects of geology, astronomy, physics and engineering.
The course is divided into topics, each containing different key concepts of chemistry. Once the key features of a topic have been developed, applications are considered.
The delivery methods include lectures, group work and laboratory work, with regular homework being set which plays an important part of the learning process.
The first year of the course builds upon the chemical concepts that have been developed at GCSE; atomic structure, bonding, reactions associated both with inorganic and organic chemistry as well as looking at modern analytical techniques and the link between chemistry and the environment. These concepts are then further developed in the second year.
The aims of this course are to encourage you to:
5 GCSEs at A* - C, including English Language. Must also include B in Mathematics, B in Chemistry or B in Double Science or Single Science and Additional Science. Attendance at an A Level information event.
Chemistry A level is fully linear so assessment of a student’s knowledge and understanding of the whole course takes place at the end of two years of study for A level and after 1 year for AS level. Candidates complete practical activities to demonstrate practical Competence, qualitative and quantitative work and developing your research skills. Performance reported separately to the A Level grade.
A large number of science related University degrees request chemistry as a preferred A-level. Any science related employment area welcome chemistry qualifications. You may choose to pursue a degree course in chemistry or other related science courses, such as medicine, biochemistry, dentistry, food science etc.
As a chemist you could make medicines to fight cancer, develop exciting new ice-cream flavours, create new make-up and hair products, design and make new materials for faster computers and more complex mobile phones, protect the environment.
Will this subject suit me?
Chemistry requires an interest in the subject and an enthusiasm and commitment to work hard. You will need to develop your abilities to work independently and take responsibility for your own progress.
Personal study time:
A level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. Homework is set on a weekly basis and it is expected that students will work independently of set work in order to broaden their knowledge.