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The course is designed to be accessible to students who have studied either GCSE Science (Core and Additional or Double Award) or GCSE Chemistry (as a separate subject).
Students should, ideally, have achieved an A grade in GCSE Chemistry or AA grades in GCSE Science.
We follow the AQA specification, which is structured as follows:
Unit 1: ‘Foundation Chemistry’ covers atomic structure, bonding, calculations and introductory organic chemistry. (Assessed by written paper at end of Year 12).
Unit 2: ‘Chemistry in Action’ covers energetics, kinetics, equilibria, redox reactions, group chemistry and further organic chemistry. (Assessed by written paper at end of Year 12).
Unit 3: ‘Investigative and practical skills’. (Assessed throughout the year).
Unit 4: ‘Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry’ develops ideas from AS further, including theories of acids and bases. (Assessed by written paper at end of Year 13).
Unit 5: ‘Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry’ also develops existing concepts and covers the transition metals. (Assessed by written paper at end of Year 13).
Unit 6: ‘Investigative and practical skills’. (Assessed throughout the year).
Which other subjects does Chemistry combine with?
It combines well with the other Sciences and Mathematics and this combination is recommended if you are considering a science-based degree.
Its balance of analytical, observational, quantitative and descriptive work means it can also successfully complements other, non-scientific subjects.
What can I do at the end of this course?
Some university courses where concepts and knowledge from the subject are directly applied include Natural Science, Chemistry, Chemical engineering, Biochemistry, Physics, Genetics, Immunology, Pharmacology, Environmental Sciences, Nutrition and Forensics.
Chemistry is also an excellent foundation for many different subjects and the skills you develop at AS and A2 can be applied to a wide range of disciplines such as law, medicine, economics and management.
What possible career paths are there?
Studying Chemistry opens the door to a wide range of career options and not just lab-based work. As well as careers in nanotechnology, environmental science, forensics, drug discovery, product development, pure research and teaching it can also lead to consultancy work, law, the world of business and finance, publishing and journalism.