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Chemistry
Chemistry is part of everyone's life, from cooking to the latest computer chip technology. It doesn't have to be intimidating or hard to understand.
Ann Marie Helmenstine, PhD

The aim of this qualification is to stimulate and sustain a student's interest in, and enjoyment of, chemistry.

It enables students to gain detailed knowledge and understanding of chemical reactions and to make connections and explain the inter-linking patterns, which are a distinguishing feature of this subject. Students develop an awareness of how chemists can influence the world we live in, by considering its application in a social, economical, environmental and technological context. The course aims to recognise the value of chemistry to society and how it can be used responsibly. Students will acquire practical skills and increase their level of independence in the laboratory. The practicals carried out illustrate the methodology employed to inform us about the theoretical topics studied in the course.

This A Level option, taught by two experienced, UK qualified, specialist teachers is a popular choice and has a strong practical emphasis exposing our students to many opportunities for experiments using specialist laboratory equipment in dedicated chemistry laboratories.

Course Requirements

A BB grade in Double Award Science or a B in Chemistry at (I)GCSE is expected, with lower grades requiring specific permission from senior staff members. It is a very demanding course and starting with a grade lower than B will leave the individual at a considerable disadvantage.

Opportunities

Chemistry A Level is a requirement for university entry to medicine, chemical engineering or medical sciences. Specific degree courses include Chemistry, Environmental Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Chemical Engineering and Pharmacy. These are just a small selection of the courses that have a direct link to Chemistry, there are many others.  Chemists are sought after graduates in the wider job market, not just in science related careers, due to their analytical and lateral thinking skills.

Chemistry is part of everyone's life, from cooking to the latest computer chip technology. It doesn't have to be intimidating or hard to understand.
Ann Marie Helmenstine, PhD
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