Chemistry

At a glance

Course title                    Chemistry

Entry Requirement        Level 5 in Triple Science or 5-5 in Combined Science. Level 5 in Maths

Exam board                    AQA (www.aqa.org.uk)

Why study Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of substances; what they are made of, how they interact with each other and the role they play in living things. A Level Chemistry is recognised by universities as a rigorous and academic subject that is essential to access careers such as in medicine, dentistry and chemical engineering. Studying A Level Chemistry will develop useful skills that can be applied outside the subject discipline; these include problem solving, numeracy, practical skills and the development of a broad scientific understanding. From research in space, to the depths of the oceans, chemistry helps you understand the world around you and opens up many career  opportunities.

Course content

Inorganic, organic and physical chemistry are studied over two years. These topics explore the properties and reactivity of chemical elements; structure, properties, composition, reactions and preparation of carbon containing compounds; physical structure, the amount of energy compounds have and the bonds that hold atoms together. Practical skills are developed through 12 core practical assessments.

Students will be encouraged to study chemistry in a modern context, and develop practical skills and analyse data.

You should be aware that 20% of the marks are maths based questions.