In year one the course covers fundamental chemical concepts which are clearly broken down into the three branches of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry. In year two you will study these three branches of chemistry in much more detail with heavy emphasis on their applications in modern scientific research. Regular practical sessions will help to develop your chemical techniques and laboratory skills, which will be invaluable for the future science related careers. These practical sessions are closely linked to the theory taught in lessons as this proves an effective way of developing your grasp of the theoretical concepts covered. Regular homework and end of topic tests are used to inform both you and your tutor of your progress throughout units and modules.
What will the subject include?
During year 1, the fundamentals which underpin the subject and its three main branches are introduced and explored. Topics include; Amount of Substance, Bonding, Alkanes and Alcohols.
Year 2 study explores similar themes in much more depth and with increased difficulty. Topics include; Acids and Bases, Transition Metals and Aromatic Chemistry.
There will also be numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality in order to develop essential practical skills.
How will I be assessed?
The full A-level course is assessed over three papers, each of two hours in duration, to be sat in the June of year 2. This is a terminally examined qualification and therefore any AS paper sat during year 1 would not count in the awarding of the final grade. Once again, there is no formal practical exam. You will be expected to be competent in at least twelve practical procedures which will be assessed in the written papers.
Where will it lead?
As well as being an important subject in its own right, chemistry is an essential requirement for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. chemistry provides a gateway to follow many different courses: pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, analytical chemistry, pure chemistry, forensic science, biological and environmental sciences, law, engineering and business.
Which other subjects complement this subject?
Mathematics , Physics , Biology , Modern Languages, Geography.
Subject specific requirements?
Minimum level 7 in GCSE Chemistry
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