This A Level will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of Chemistry. It covers the key concepts of chemistry and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. Our range of practical work will enable you to enhance both qualitative and quantitative skills, for example: How do pH indicators work? How could you work out the molar mass of a gas? How do you make your own pH buffer? By the second year, you will be confident enough to research and design your own experimental method to find the % of iron in an iron tablet, for example. Over the two years of the course, you will learn about chemistry in a range of different contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life.
You should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4.
To study Chemistry, we will normally expect grade 6 in Chemistry or 6/6 in Science and grade 6 in Mathematics.
Lesson activities are varied. You will undertake practical work for all topics, and some of this will count towards your practical endorsement. The chemistry content is contextualised so that you can relate it to the world around you. Have you ever wondered: How can Chemistry impact on the environment? How do we know the formula of a molecule when we can’t see it? How can we make a plastic dissolve? If you have, then A Level Chemistry will hold some of the answers.
100% exams. The three exam papers will be ‘Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry’, ‘Synthesis and Analytical Techniques’ and ‘Unified Chemistry’.
Practical Endorsement; to achieve a Practical Endorsement you will undertake a range of experiments to display your competency in all aspects of practical Chemistry. The result of this is reported separately from your A Level grade.
Optional trip costs of approximately £20.
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