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Chemistry A Level at Harrow College

Course description

Linear A Level Chemistry involves the investigation of substances, what they are made of, how they interact and what role they play in modern industrial society. In this course, you will explore all aspects of chemistry: physical, inorganic and organic as well as modern analytical techniques. You will develop a logical approach to problem solving as well as your ability to understand abstract principles. The course encourages imaginative and critical thinking and develops your skills in laboratory procedures.

Course content

You will cover three units in the year. These are Chemistry I (rates, equilibria & further organic chemistry), Chemistry II (transition metals, organic nitrogen chemistry) and the third unit in Laboratory Chemistry.

Theory supported by a large element of practical work.

Entry requirements

6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language and at least 2 grades at A/B. GCSE Maths grade C or above plus a grade BB or above in Science/Additional Science or a grade B in GCSE Chemistry.


Exams - 80%, Practical based - 20%, Successful completion of the course will lead to a certificate awarded by OCR.

Financial information

Please see our information on fees and bursaries on the Young Learners (16+) pages of the website. Any fees paid for full time programmes are non refundable. Please contact Admissions if you would like further information or advice.

Future opportunities

Linear A level Chemistry is a must for degrees in medicine, veterinary science and dentistry and can open up a range of careers and higher education courses in optometry, physiotherapy, pharmaceutical sciences, forensic science, biomedical and biological sciences, environmental health and food sciences. A level Chemistry can also help gain direct entry into employment, especially into the scientific and related sectors.

Further information

Equipment or materials:

You should expect to provide yourself with all standard stationary, writing materials and folders. You will also need a calculator. Students are provided with a knee length lab coat and safety spectacles for use in the laboratory.

Additional costs:

Books amounting to approximately £30. (Laboratory coat and safety spectacles - approximately £15 are provided in the Laboratory).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 March 2016
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