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Chemistry AS & A Level at Richard Huish College

Course description

If you enjoyed Chemistry at GCSE you will love this course. You will gain an appreciation of the nature and importance of modern chemical theories. Chemistry makes a major contribution to the needs of society. We will use a variety of teaching methods – lessons with interactive smart board, demonstrations, group work, presentations, workshops and research.

Chemistry builds upon topics from GCSE including Organic Chemistry, rates and reversible reactions and moles calculations. You will use your mathematical skills to solve problems and use your imagination to understand how molecules interact and why they react together. You will find out that it is essential to apply your knowledge to new topics and see the importance of identifying links between different parts of the syllabus. You will develop your skills of communicating complex ideas using appropriate chemical terminology

Although there is a significant theoretical focus of the syllabus, you will also develop your practical skills in analytical techniques, make careful observations in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry and evaluate the steps taken in a procedure.

We strongly advise you to take another science subject alongside Chemistry. Some students also participate in Chemistry Enrichment including the Chemistry Olympiad and the practical Enrichment programme Lab Moles.

Course content

Here are some of the topics we cover:

  • Atomic structure
  • Moles, bonding and periodicity
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Energy, kinetics
  • Thermodynamics and much more.


Examining Board: AQA

The new AQA linear A Level Chemistry course will be taught from 2015. This means that students will sit all of their exams at the end of the second year.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is essential for the application of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. Alongside these subjects, students who have studied Chemistry have gone on to study Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physiotherapy, Biochemistry and Pharmacology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Huish College directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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    • Huish is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre.

      Huish is committed to encouraging you to travel to college by cycle, public transport or car sharing where possible. There is a cycle path to the College taking you to Vivary Park so that you don’t have to walk or cycle with the traffic along South Road. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to college from the bus station but many of the buses students use come directly to the campus.