Chemistry (GCE) at Shelley College
Why study Chemistry?
Chemistry is an exciting and challenging subject which provides students with a remarkable insight into the substances which make up our universe. From the study of particles in an atom to the reactions which sustain life chemistry plays a vital role in preparing students for further study in a broad range of fields. Our students go on to degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, pharmacy, forensic science, physics, astronomy and law, among many others. Chemistry is recognised to be a challenging A-level but one which is both rewarding and engaging. A-level chemistry teaching at Shelley College is solely by experienced chemistry professionals with chemistry research degrees as well as Masters degrees in the subject. We are proud to have close links with the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The aim of our entry criteria policy is to ensure students are taking courses they are well suited to and are able to make progress in. We seek to provide courses well matched to the needs of our students, helping them to follow their chosen progression pathway.
Due to changes in the curriculum set-up for GCSE, AS and A Level which are currently taking place, we have reviewed our entry criteria from 2018/19 onwards and will continue to review this annually until all curriculum changes are effective.
We have also decided that for the 2018/19 entry students, those with a 4 at English or Maths GCSE will be offered the opportunity to resit that subject in order to achieve a Level 5.
Our main College entry requirements are as follows;
A minimum of five 4-9 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from five different subject areas.
Purely vocational pathway require a minimum of four 4-9 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from four different subject areas.
A BTEC qualification may be counted as equivalent to two GCSE passes if students choose to follow a vocational pathway (i.e, OCR Cambridge National in Sport).
There will be three pathways which students can follow based on an average grade produced from their seven best GCSE results. The calculation being used for this van be seen overleaf.
Programme of study
Average grade of 7 or higher
3 or 4 A Levels
Average grade of 5 to 6.9
3 A Levels or a mixed A Level and Vocational pathway
Average grade of less than 5
Mixed (A Level and Vocational) or Vocational pathway
The method for calculating your average grade and additional subject requirements are within our full entry criteria document which can be found on the Sixth Form section of our website:
Chemistry is a subject which develops a wide variety of skills e.g. practical and manipulative skills, working in groups, developing leadership skills, problem solving, independent learning and presentation skills.
Possible career routes include:
Medicine Veterinary Medicine
Clinical Sciences Biomedical Sciences
Chemical Engineering Biochemistry
Chemistry is desirable or accepted for:
How to apply
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