A Level Chemistry

Chemistry lesson

What is the course about?

The course aims to:

  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject,
  • develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods,
  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills,
  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject,
  • understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society (as exemplified in ‘How Science Works’).

The Practical Endorsement

The practical endorsement accompanies the A level qualification. It requires a minimum of 12 practical activities to be completed over the 2 year course.

Who might the course suit?

Students who have enjoyed GCSE Science and have a natural interest in Chemistry would be best suited to the course. Students who are considering careers in Medicine or Veterinary Science should also take Chemistry. Well-motivated and organised students will be the most successful. This course also relies on Maths skills and therefore an interest in Maths is also desirable. An A-Level in Maths would compliment this course but this is not essential. Extended writing skills are not essential.

What might the course lead to?

There are numerous job opportunities for students with Chemistry qualifications including Medicinal Chemistry, Forensic Science, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy and Biochemistry. A Level Chemistry is also highly regarded for non-scientific careers including Accountancy and Law.

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