Chemistry

Entry requirements:

B core, B additional and C further additional.

Why should I take this course?

Chemistry is a vibrant and exciting subject. It is involved in everything around us - from the making of new materials to under-standing biological systems, from the food we eat to the medicines which keep us healthy, and from the quality of the water we drink to keeping the air we breathe pure.

Course structure:

For the AS assessment, students explore the fundamental principles that form the basis of chemistry such as atomic structure, bonding, periodicity and an introduction to organic chemistry. Students also look at the applications of these principles.

For the A2 assessment, students develop further the concepts and principles introduced at AS through topics including equilibria, polymers, aromatic chemistry, thermodynamics, energetic chemistry and inorganic chemistry.

How will I be assessed?

AS Chemistry : 2x 1.5 hour written exams.

A Level Chemistry : 3x 2 hour written exams

Practical skills are teacher assessed throughout both courses and are endorsed separately to the external assessment.

What careers might this course lead to?

A qualification in chemistry opens doors to a wide range of careers. Chemistry is involved in our everyday lives and there is a vast range of jobs and careers open to those who have studied chemistry at any level; great career opportunities exist both inside and outside the lab. Nobody knows what the jobs of the future will look like, but many of them will be created in chemistry to solve global challenges such as human health, energy and the environment.