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A Level

Two Years


GCSE Grade 6 in Science and Grade 5 in Maths with an average points score of 5.7 or above


This course is assessed by exams and a stand alone practical endorsement.

About this course

This course is ideal for students who have a strong science background at GCSE and are considering a STEM based career. The first year of the course builds on Chemistry at GCSE. You will learn about diverse topics such as the Bohr model of the atom and evidence to support from the patterns in the Periodic Table, to the manufacture and disposal of plastics. The second year looks at many of the Physical Chemistry topics through a more mathematical lens.


Abi Morrison

Who is this aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Would like to progress onto Higher Education in a science based subject

  • Would like to progress onto Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Pharmacy as this course is essential for entry

  • Enjoy problem solving and application of knowledge in unfamiliar situation

  • Enjoy using mathematical skills

  • Are good at manipulating practical equipment

What will you learn?

Core Units:

  • Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry

  • Foundations in Chemistry

  • The Periodic Table and Energy

  • Core Organic Chemistry

  • Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements

  • Organic Chemistry and Analysis

What skills will you develop?

  • Use of the periodic table as the starting point for thinking 

  • Visualise Physical and Chemical Processes 

  • Chemical common sense 

  • Resilience 

  • Organisation

  • Meeting deadlines 

  • Switch between different representations 

  • Write explanations logically without contradiction 

  • Exam technique 

  • Manipulate Mathematical Equations 

  • Relate Observable Phenomena to underlying concepts 

Professional development

  • Engineering

  • Clinical Science

  • Medicine

  • Chemical Engineering

  • Biomedical Science

  • Health Care Science

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