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Chemistry A-Level at Reading School

Course description

As well as being a fascinating subject in its own right, Chemistry is the cornerstone of medicine, veterinary studies, textile and polymer science, molecular biology, food science, geology, and a host of other subjects. The A level courses contain a good balance of practical work supported by a carefully structured theoretical framework. The course is designed to cover the needs of many students. In addition to the obvious chemical careers, potential physicists or engineers will find much that is stimulating and challenging. There are several topics of direct relevance to would-be medics, indeed a top A-level grade in Chemistry is essential for acceptance into a Medical School. In fact anyone who finds Chemistry interesting, no matter what their future plans, should at least investigate the subject and examine the text books and course material.

Course content

The syllabus followed is OCR Chemistry A and is divided into 4 modules over two years. These include aspects of physical, inorganic and organic Chemistry as well as some more up to date material on green Chemistry. Depending on the numbers involved we expect to divide students into 4 or 5 sets. Tests usually occur every two to three weeks in order to assess a student’s progress and, in the fifth term, all boys follow a comprehensive revision programme. It is the Department’s policy to enrich its students’ experience and expose them to some of the applications of chemistry in industry. Arrangements are made to attend lectures and demonstrations and industrial visits are organised as opportunities arise. We encourage students to participate in competitions. An award, donated by the Society of Chemical Industries, is given to the student who is judged to be the highest achiever in Year 12. Students from both years are encouraged to enter the Chemistry Olympiad and a number have reached the final stages. Public examination results over the last eight years have been extremely good with a large majority of students achieving A*,A or B grades in the subject.

Entry requirements

B in GCSE Chemistry or A in both Science and Additional Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reading School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years