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Chemistry A-Level at Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Course description

Chemistry is concerned with the behaviour of atoms, molecules and other particles. Its study is fundamental to an understanding of the material world and Chemistry has contributed to the production of new materials for engineering.

The application of chemistry has resulted in the development of modern medical techniques and many believe that the next great discoveries in medicine will come via Chemistry.

The Chemistry Department is at the forefront of bringing a wide variety of teaching and learning styles into the learning experience. Practical work is central to the teaching of Chemistry and is incorporated throughout the course, with pupils developing a wide-range of skills.

As the central science, Chemistry is a highlyvalued subject for many and an essential subject for others. The subject provides a sound basis in scientific thinking and numerical skills. It is considered central in the science spectrum, supporting the study of physics and engineering on one side and the biological sciences on the other.

It is important that anyone intending to study Medicine at university should understand that almost all medical schools state that a good A -level in Chemistry is part of their entrance requirement.

Course content

What does the course consist of?

There are three major areas of Chemistry: Physical, Inorganic and Organic. Overarching these is the practical aspect of Chemistry.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for Year 12 (Lower Sixth) is at least seven Bs or better in the GCSE examinations, including a minimum of a B grade in any subject to be taken.  An A grade is required for A-level Mathematics.  All applicants need a minimum of a C grade in both English and Mathematics, regardless of the subjects they wish to take.  

Please note that at the end of the Lower Sixth, at least three grades at D or above are normally required to ensure progression into the Upper Sixth (Year 13).

Overseas applicants

We will accept an equivalent level of performance in your country’s exams and will require verification of results by your school. A report supporting your application from your current school will also be very important.  Please note that we can only accept overseas students who are UK passport holders.

Future opportunities

Chemistry and chemical engineering are the obvious areas but other career routes following on from A-level Chemistry include: medicine, veterinary science, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, ecology, pharmacy, pharmacology, oceanography, biotechnology, materials science, metallurgy, engineering, agriculture.

These are all probably fairly obvious but did you know that there is a surprisingly high correlation between Chemistry and Accountancy?

If you want to find out more, your Chemistry teacher or Science teacher will be able to help. University prospectuses (either on paper or online) might give some clues. The Royal Society of Chemistry is keen to encourage young chemists and can offer help and advice. Watch out for other “ologies” that can follow on from an interest in Chemistry. One good tip would be to visit the website of one of the big universities and just see the vast range of things they do.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster Royal Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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