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STUDY THE MOST CENTRAL SCIENCE WITH A TEAM OF DEDICATED SPECIALISTS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO HELPING YOU ACHIEVE YOUR POTENTIAL.
WHAT YOU STUDY
The course takes familiar concepts introduced in GCSE such as: The Periodic table; Alkanes; Atomic structure; rates of reaction; and the Mole, and examines them in much greater detail. We place a greater emphasis on understanding the fundamental principles and encourage you to ask and explore why chemistry happens. Following on from GCSE ‘How science works’ you will consider technological applications of chemistry and debate its social, economic and environmental applications. The second year course extends year 12 topics and links together existing and new concepts to provide an overview of the whole course.
HOW YOU STUDY
We use a variety of engaging teaching methods including ICT led activities, research tasks, problem solving activities, discussions and practicals. Practical skills are now an assessed part of the course and we give students numerous opportunities to practice these. There are opportunities for group work, however students must be self-motivated and prepared to work individually especially out of lesson time.
DEPARTMENT STRENGTHS AND RESOURCES
The department has experienced teaching staff who are both enthusiastic and committed to the teaching of Chemistry in an understandable and enjoyable way.
PROGRESSION TO UNIVERSITY
There are countless opportunities to continue studying Chemistry at University either as a general Chemistry course, such as pure Chemistry or specialising in an area of interest such as Industrial based Applied Chemistry or Chemical Engineering; or combined with such diverse subjects as Modern Foreign Languages, Law or Business Management.
OTHER RELATED DEGREE COURSES
A-level Chemistry opens many doors to higher earning science based careers and remains essential to anyone considering further studies in Medicine (Chemistry being the only minimum requirement), Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Physiotherapy. The skills developed in the A-level Chemistry course are highly valued by both universities and future employees.
Students have successfully gone on to study Chemistry, Veterinary Science and Medicine.
COMBINES WELL WITH
Biology, Mathematics, Physics and Geology are particularly complementary to this area of study.
GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum grade C at Double Award Higher Tier or Triple Chemistry Higher Tier, however past experience suggests students with less than a B grade will really struggle and would be better suited to Applied Science. Students also need a fairly high mathematical ability to cope with this course; a C grade minimum is needed.