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Chemistry A Level at Brookfield Community School

Course description

If you enjoyed chemistry at GCSE, you’ll love this A/AS Level course. In two years that will fly by you’ll get a real in-depth knowledge of this fascinating subject, preparing you for further education or giving you the credentials to enhance your job options straight away. Chemists have greatly improved the quality of life for the majority of people. Our A Level course is underpinned by the practical skills that we call ‘How Science Works’. You also find out how chemists are real innovators, designing solutions to the problems that affect all aspects modern life.

Course content

The AS/A2 Level course is all about building on what you’ve learnt at GCSE, then taking it a step further. There are three branches to investigate; Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. In these we take a closer look at just what goes on inside an atom; investigate patterns in the periodic table, look at the chemistry of hydrocarbon compounds and much more; polymers, thermodynamics, analytical techniques, DNA analysis... and you’ll also pick up useful practical skills that are used in chemistry the world over. The whole course helps students develop a number of personal skills:

- How to assemble data and assess it
- How to investigate facts experimentally and use deduction
- How to put over your point of view fluently
- How to work as a team to achieve results

Entry requirements

You will need a GCSE grade A* - B in Additional Science or likewise in GCSE Chemistry. At least a GCSE grade C in mathematics is also required.

Assessment

In the first year you will sit two separate, equally weighted 90 minute written papers that cover the whole years learning. This will include questions assessing your knowledge of practical skills. A pass in year one is recognised with an AS level.

In the second year there is a similar procedure. You will have a further three 2 hour papers that assess both knowledge learnt in the first AND second year alongside practical skills

Future opportunities

Chemistry is an essential choice of subject for many people who want a career in health and Clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science. It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical, pharmaceutical industries or any material industry. It does not rule you out of any career where high-level thinking skills are valued.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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