Chemistry A level

A-Level Chemistry builds on chemical concepts from GCSE. On this course you will develop essential knowledge and understanding of different Chemistry topics and how they interrelate. You will study topics including atomic structure, electrons and bonding, the periodic table, organic chemistry, modern analytical techniques, energy and resources. Over the course you will deepen understanding of how science works; appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how science affects the economy, environment and society; develop safe and effective practical skills of manipulating lab equipment, handling chemicals, observation, analysis and evaluation; develop your enthusiasm for chemistry and prepare for further study and careers in chemistry and the sciences.

Site

Eastbourne

Level

Level 3

Course Type

16 +

Qualification

A Level

Courses

Options Course Code Starts Ends
apply 02111y1 09/09/24 19/06/26

What will I study?

A-Level chemistry builds upon chemical concepts developed at GCSE. At A-Level you will develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they inter-relate; develop and demonstrate deeper understanding of How Science Works and develop safe and effective practical skills of manipulating laboratory equipment.

At A level you will develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Chemistry and how they inter-relate and develop safe and effective practical skills of manipulating laboratory equipment.

There are six teaching modules in the new OCR specification: Practical skills in Chemistry, Foundation in Chemistry, Periodic table and energy, Core organic Chemistry, Physical chemistry and transition elements, and Organic chemistry and analysis

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

A GCSE grade 5 in Maths, Combined Science 66 or Chemistry grade 6.

How will I be assessed?

The content will be assessed by three written exams at the end of the second year. There will also be a practical endorsement of Chemistry which will be assessed (non-exam) as part of the course.

What qualification will I achieve?

At the end of the second year you will achieve an A level in Chemistry.

What can I do after completing this course?

A-Level Chemistry is essential for entry to courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, biochemistry, pharmacy, some biology courses, chemical engineering, and, obviously, chemistry.

Are there any extra costs?

Students are expected to buy a course textbook (approximately £20) each year; there is an optional revision guide (approximately £10) each year.

Additional Info

This course is a 3 A level equivalent course taught over 2 years. Just like A level programmes, which are split into AS followed by A2, you will gain a qualification in the first year (the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Engineering) and then go on to complete the whole Extended Diploma by the end of year 2. Universities value Extended Diploma students for their wide ranging knowledge and because the course structure forms a good preparation for the more independent styles of study found in higher education.