A-Level Chemistry Course at Varndean College

 

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Why you would study Chemistry? Chemistry has worldwide impact. As a fundamental physical science it has a lasting effect on our planet and will be needed to help tackle the challenges society faces in changes to environment, food security and energy supply. Almost every new technological change and important discovery has its foundation in Chemistry.

Chemistry is the key to influencing life and making the world a better place in which to live. It provides the basis for medicine, agriculture, food technology, environmental science, forensic science and many other fields. Having a chemistry qualification is like having an open flight ticket to any destination in the world!

YEAR 1

  • Atomic structure
  • Bonding
  • Periodic table
  • Mole theory
  • Organic chemistry
  • Energy and resources
  • Physical chemistry

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YEAR 2

  • Further organic chemistry
  • Polymers
  • Analysis
  • Equilibria
  • Rates (kinetics)
  • Energetics
  • Further mole theory

“I want to study medicine in the future so Chemistry is a requirement. I’ve particularly enjoyed all the extra-curricular opportunities such as taking part in national analytical challenges, a Chemistry conference, as well as the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.”
Anya-Niamh Tidey, ex Holy Trinity C of E School

COURSE ESSENTIALS

COURSES AVAILABLE:


A Level

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:


Standard advanced course requirements plus
Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry and another Science GCSE
OR
2 x Grade 6 in GCSE Combined Science
PLUS
Grade 6 in GCSE Maths
Students may also need to attend additional Maths support class, as required

HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED:


You will take three written exams at the end of two years study for A Level. Practical work is reported separately.

CAREER PATHWAYS

Many students go on to degree courses in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicine and medically related subjects, Food Technology, Environmental Science, Agriculture, Law and Forensic Science.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Chemistry graduates earn around 30% more during their career due to these skills: Intellectual, Communication, Organisational, Interpersonal, Research, Numeracy, IT.

OTHER INFORMATION:


Opportunities exist to undertake project work at both local Universities and to take part in the Chemistry Olympiad and C3L6 exams and the Analytical competition. There are trips to conferences and lectures.

ENQUIRIES TO:


John Luton jl@varndean.ac.uk