The course involves a study of the fundamental processes behind a huge range of natural and man-made phenomena and provides a range of skills that are relevant to a wide variety of fields - an emphasis on numerical, communication and problem-solving skills in addition to the teamwork involved in the practical situation.
While there is a need for learning of facts to provide the groundwork for the subject, the emphasis is on the understanding and application of ideas; so you will be challenged by the subject and learn to think for yourself.
The wide range of skills developed during A Level Chemistry mean that it is a highly regarded qualification for a vast range of courses in higher education, both science and non-science based.
There are three written papers, all two hours long.
Paper 1 - Inorganic Chemistry with relevant physical chemistry and practical skills.
Paper 2 - Organic Chemistry with relevant physical chemistry and practical skills.
Paper 3 - All content and practical skills.
Practical work will be assessed in the written papers. 15% of the total A Level marks will be for practical knowledge and understanding. A separate 'endorsement' of practical work will be assessed by teachers. This will not be graded. If students pass, it will be reported on their certificate.
A combination of classroom study, self study and enrichment activities.
GCSE Chemistry grade 7 or the Trilogy Science Chemistry modules grade 7 or above.
Chemistry is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science. It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the pharmaceutical or petrochemical industries.