Course Overview

Chemistry 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 looks at many of the Physical Chemistry topics through a more mathematical lens.

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Who is this course 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, Pharmacy and Environmental Management 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?

This course is assessed by exams. The Units are:

  • 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?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  • Use of the periodic table as the starting point for thinking 
  • Manipulate Mathematical Equations 
  • Visualise Physical and Chemical Processes 
  • Chemical common sense 
  • Resilience 
  • Organisation
  • Use of the periodic table as the starting point for thinking 
  • Relate Observable Phenomena to underlying concepts 
  • Meeting deadlines 
  • Switch between different representations 
  • Write explanations logically without contradiction 
  • Visualise Physical and Chemical Processes 
  • Exam technique 
  • Manipulate Mathematical Equations 
  • Write explanations logically without contradiction 
  • Manipulate Mathematical Equations 
  • Relate Observable Phenomena to underlying concepts 
  • Visualise Physical and Chemical Processes 

Progression Routes

A Level

Course Leader:
Paul Cooney

Course Length:
Two Years

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

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