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Chemistry A Level at Sheffield College

Course description

About the course

Chemistry is the science of the structure, properties, and reactions of matter. It is a basic science, key to an understanding of the world we live in, and a practical science with an enormous number and variety of important applications. Knowledge of chemistry is fundamental to an understanding of biology and biochemistry and of certain aspects of geology, astronomy, physics, and engineering.

The course is divided into topics, each containing different key concepts of chemistry. Once the key features of a topic have been developed, applications are considered.

The delivery methods include lectures, group work and laboratory work, with regular homework being set which plays an important part of the learning process. 

The first year of the course builds upon the chemical concepts that have been developed at GCSE; atomic structure, bonding, reactions associated both with inorganic and organic chemistry as well as looking at modern analytical techniques and the link between chemistry and the environment.  These concepts are then further developed in the second year.

The aims of this course are to encourage you to:

  • develop your interest in, and enthusiasm for chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers in chemistry;
  • appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;
  • develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of “How Science Works”;
  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to each other.

You will develop a variety of skills throughout the course including being able to;

  • analyse and evaluate scientific knowledge;
  • apply scientific knowledge and processes to unfamiliar situations;
  • assess the validity, reliability and credibility of scientific information;
  • demonstrate and describe ethical, safe and skilful practical techniques and processes;
  • make, record and communicate reliable and valid observations and measurements with appropriate precision and accuracy.

If you want to do a degree in chemistry you should seriously consider taking maths A level as maths plays an important role in many aspects of chemistry.

Will this subject suit me?

Chemistry requires an interest in the subject and an enthusiasm and commitment to work hard. You will need to develop your abilities to work independently and take responsibility for your own progress.

Personal study time

A level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. Homework is set on a weekly basis and it is expected that students will work independently of set work in order to broaden their knowledge.

Qualification title

OCR A level Chemistry A

What students say about this subject.

"It was interesting and fun. The teachers were very good."

"I liked the balance of practical and theory lessons."

"Good mixture of teaching delivery."

"I liked the sequence and flow of topics."

"When help was needed I never had a problem finding it."

"I really enjoyed the environment in the lessons."

"The spectroscopy visit really helped link theory to practice."

 

Course content

Money

At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Entry requirements

To study 3  A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths

To study 4 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English Language and Maths

Additional requirements: 6-9 in Maths, 6-9 in Chemistry if taking separate sciences/6-9 in Double Science / Core AND Additional Science

Assessment

Chemistry A level is fully linear so assessment of a student’s knowledge and understanding of the whole course takes place at the end of two years of study for A level and after 1 year for AS level. Candidates complete practical activities to demonstrate practical competence, qualitative and quantitative work and developing your research skills. Performance is reported separately to the A Level grade.

Financial information

Money

At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

A large number of science related University degrees request chemistry as a preferred A level. Any science related employment area welcome chemistry qualifications. You may choose to pursue a degree course in chemistry or other related science courses, such as medicine, biochemistry, dentistry, food science etc.

As a chemist you could make medicines to fight cancer, develop exciting new ice-cream flavours, create new make-up and hair products, design and make new materials for faster computers and more complex mobile phones, protect the environment, etc.

 

Further information

How to apply

School pupils in Sheffield should apply on-line with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600, or downloading one from our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk    
 

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm-7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: HRENA1

Venues

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    • Welcome to Peaks Campus

      The Sheffield College Peaks campus in the south-east of the city has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with ‘The Loft’ canteen and social area, and ‘The Attic’ providing a vast learning space and climbing wall.

      Peaks has excellent transport links with a tram stop right outside the campus with regular trams to and from the city centre. Peaks offers vocational courses and academic qualifications.

      Address

      Peaks Campus, Waterthorpe Greenway, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S20 8LY

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 31 and follow signs for A57.

      Follow the A57 for approximately 3.5 miles continue on to Moss Way.

      When you see the South Yorkshire Police building on your left, take the first exit on the roundabout.

      Peaks Campus is on the right hand side.

      Parking

      Parking is available for Blue Badge holders only (please see the Disabled Go website for more details).

      By Train

      Sheffield Train station is well served by a variety of rail routes, please check the National Rail Enquiries website for more details. Once you arrive, Peaks Campus is accessible by tram, which you can pick up from Sheffield Train Station. Please see the section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Peaks Campus’ nearest tram stop is Moss Way, on the Blue Line.

      The Supertram website has travel planner which you can use to plan your journey and find up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are plenty of buses that serve Peaks Campus – check out the Travel South Yorkshire website to find the best route from your location, as well and timetables and fares.

      By Bike

      Peaks Campus has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.

      Access

      For accessibility information please visit the Disabled Go website