Chemistry is an A Level subject that will challenge the brightest and hardest working students. Students hard work will be rewarded with a deep understanding of the world we live in.
The course takes students on a journey through various topics, while introducing chemical concepts in a spiral approach. These topics engage students through learning in a contemporary context and range from concerns about the ozone layer to the development of new medicines.
This course is ‘context led’ so that chemical concepts are introduced within a relevant context. The course is written as a series of teaching modules based on contemporary issues in chemistry. Students study the chemistry in a spiral way so that chemical ideas, introduced in an early topic, are reinforced later. The ‘drip-feed’ approach to teaching and learning chemical principles allows students to revisit a particular topic several times during the course, each time taking their knowledge and understanding a step further. Practical work is a hugely important part of A Level chemistry and students develop strong practical skills from the large practical element.
5 Grade 4 and above at GCSE including English and Mathematics. Grade 6-5 or above in Double Award Science.
The course provides an excellent foundation for further study of chemistry, medicine (and related subjects such as pharmacy, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry, or forensic science) but is also a valuable education for students who take chemistry related subjects no further. The logical, academic nature of the course makes it a desirable stepping stone to virtually any degree course.