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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration Two years
Code
Awarding Body OCR
Level A-level
Start Date 06/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

Chemistry is the heartbeat of all science. The engine rooms of mitochondria in biology need chemistry to explain their biological function. The structure and properties of materials in physics can only be explained in terms of bonding and electrons. From the food we eat and the clothes we wear to the cars we drive, chemistry is the building block of life and function.

This A level will provide you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a wide range of degree qualifications at university. Our teaching laboratories are state-of-the-art and we have invested in new instruments and equipment. Chemistry is the essential A level in many science-based courses including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, chemical engineering, postgraduate research and many more. Job opportunities are also varied as chemistry is applied to so many areas of science-based professional employment.

A Level Pathways

If you are interested in proceeding with A Levels then then you have 4 different pathways that you can choose from. With each pathway you must choose 3 A Levels. Other combinations are available.

 

Pathway 1 – Health and Care

  • Biology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

or

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Paramedic Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • ODP

 

Pathway 2 – Science and Technology

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Computer science

or

  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Vet Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • ICT

 

Pathway 3 – Business and Law

  • Business
  • Law
  • Government and Politics
  • Maths
  • Economics

or

  • Business and management
  • Law
  • Finance
  • Accounting

 

Pathway 4 – Humanities & Social Science

  • Sociology B
  • Psychology
  • History
  • English Lang/Lit

or

  • Social work
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Counselling
  • Peace Studies
  • Politics

What you'll study

You will study A total of six Units over two years:

  • Practical Skills in Chemistry
  • Foundations in Chemistry
  • Periodic Table and Energy
  • Core Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
  • Organic Chemistry and Analysis.
  • You will study A total of six Units over two years:

    • Practical Skills in Chemistry
    • Foundations in Chemistry
    • Periodic Table and Energy
    • Core Organic Chemistry
    • Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
    • Organic Chemistry and Analysis.

Assessment

You will be examined in three theory exams, taken at the end of the second year:

Paper: 1 - 2hours 15minutes

Paper: 2 - 2hours 15minutes

Paper: 3 - 1hour 30minutes

In addition, you will produce a practical practical portfolio:

Twelve practical activities, forming the practical endorsement. The endorsement is assessed in-class, not in an exam and is reported separately to your final grade.

Entry requirements

GCSE Combined Science or Chemistry
Grade 5
GCSE Maths
Grade 5

Next steps

On successful completion of the course you will be in a position to progress to other Further Education study, Higher Education on a range of science-based degrees, employment or a Higher Apprenticeship. Talk to our A level science tutors about your career plans to see if they think these courses will help you.

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Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

If you're 19 or older you may need to pay a fee.

2019/20: £1,049

All fees exclude exams, registration and administration charges. These fees apply to all learners, except those with full fee remission.

For information about our student services, please click here.

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