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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 foundations in Chemistry.

Chemistry is the key to 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

Year 2

  • Further organic chemistry
  • Polymers
  • Analysis
  • Equilibria
  • Rates (kinetics)
  • Energetics
  • Further mole theory
Anya-Niamh Tidey

Anya-Niamh Tidey

Studied: Biology, Chemistry, Physics A Levels + EPQ (2017-2019)

Progression: Medicine at St. George's College, University of London

Anya Says: "I chose to study at Varndean because of the strong Science department and the support offered for aspiring medicine applicants. I have always been interested in the sciences, so it was a natural progression for me to want to study medicine. I have enjoyed the diversity of teaching methods and the enthusiasm of the teaching staff in supporting us to succeed. I like the practical aspect of each of the sciences; the practicals are engaging and fun and support the theory. I have been on a Physics/Maths trip to CERN in Geneva, as well as the United Nations. I have also attended the Chemistry Conferences run by Varndean and Brighton University, taken part in two Chemistry analytical competitions run by the RSC, as well as the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. Outside of college, I was recently awarded a seven year scholarship by The Army, which entailed interviews, physical ability tests and cognitive assessments. The scholarship provides me with funding for my final year at Varndean and throughout my entire six years medical degree. After this I intend to train as a military doctor in The Army." Anya-Niamh in 2018 was the recipient of a seven year bursary from The Army to help fund her studies to become a doctor in the armed forces. Anya-Niamh was also recently the winner of Uptree’s ‘Young Scientist of the Year’ Future Talent Award.

Course Essentials

Courses Available
A Level
Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry and another Science GCSE or 2 x Grade 6 in GCSE Combined Science
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 of 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, Engineering, 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, C3L6 and the Analytical competitions. There are trips to conferences and lectures.
Enquiries To
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