Chemistry - A Level - Year 1

Chemistry has the right formula for life!

From the moment you are born, and throughout your life, you are surrounded by chemistry - in the air you breathe, the food you eat and the clothes you wear.

Chemistry is the study of substances; what they are made of, how they interact and what role they play in living things.

This course will suit you if you are practical, like solving problems and are good at Maths. An ability to learn and recall facts will also help with the study of a wide range of organic molecules and reactions.

Particular areas of study will include rates of reaction, structure and bonding, analytical techniques, carbon chemistry and patterns in the Periodic Table.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by written exams. There will also be a practical endorsement, which will be covered by a range of practical experiences throughout the two years.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 including Maths and 3 at Grade 5.

In addition, you will need Grade 6 at Double or Triple Science.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - you can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses, including Applied Chemistry HNC/D and Computing HNC/D.
  • University - related degrees including Chemistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Forensic Science, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering.
  • Careers - This course is ideal if you wish to pursue a career as a Medical Doctor, Veterinarian, Pharmacist or Dentist. In addition, the skills developed and demonstrated in Chemistry are also important in other areas such as Accountancy, Marketing, Commerce, Teaching, Television and Management.

Additional information

There may be opportunities to attend enrichment activities at local universities in both years of the course, such as: Chemistry Experience Day and Analytical Chemistry Competition at the University of Wolverhampton; Spectroscopy Masterclass at University of Birmingham.

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