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Chemistry (A Level) at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Course description

Ever wondered about fermentation, worn a new hi-tech fibre, watched a firework display, needed medicine, used a plastic bottle, repaired a rusting implement? Then you have studied some Chemistry.
The ‘A’ level course consists of modules in Organic, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry with associated practical work relating to advances and problems associated with materials.
Students’ knowledge from theory lessons is complemented by practical experience. We use software and the internet to assist with revision, and students have a course textbook and plenty of access to past exam papers to guide them throughout. Students are expected to place a refundable deposit for a text book and buy a lab book.


Course content

The ‘A’ level course consists of modules in Organic, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry with associated practical work relating to advances and problems associated with materials.
Organic Chemistry – aliphatic and aromatic compounds with practical opportunities.
Inorganic Chemistry – periodicity, transition metals, halogens with practical opportunities.
Physical Chemistry – kinetics, equilibria, electrochemistry, catalysis with practical opportunities.

Entry requirements

Min 6 in GCSE Chemistry or Sci & Add Sci, also must have a 6 in GCSE Maths + 3 other Grade 9-4 or A*-C GCSEs


100% examination at the end of the course. 

Future opportunities

A good grade in a Science A-level is desirable for any University course due to the challenge and the wide ranging skills developed. Examples of courses studied at University following a Science A-level range from Medicine & neuroscience to accountancy and law.

Further information

Students will be expected to complete all home learning to a good standard and on time. Students need to be able to show a level of independence which includes revisiting notes and seeking help when needed. Attendance to extra progress support sessions is compulsory when under performing, however attendance by all is encouraged.

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: 02 October 2017
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    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.