Chemistry A Level at Ivybridge Community College
Potions and powders, explosions and pongs, fizzes and fumes, magical colour changes and mystic symbols; chemistry? or mystery? The study of chemicals developed from alchemy (in the Dark Ages) which had more in common with witchcraft than science!
This view of chemistry is still held by many (supposedly educated and cultured) people today. These same people readily take for granted the fruits of the chemical enterprise…(for example) plastics and pesticides, drugs and dyes, superglue and soap, fibres and fertilisers, fuels and photography. The fingers of chemistry reach out into all walks of life and numerous careers, from Chemical Engineering to Medicine to Geochemistry.
It is a subject with built-in interest and fascination for those with curiosity and minds, which delight in understanding substances and their chemical interactions. The history of the subject goes back a long way, simply because enlightened people sought to understand and control the materials of their world.
Compared to GCSE Science, Chemistry at A Level is more intensive but better defined and concentrates more on underlying patterns and the application of concepts and principles. You would be encouraged to deduce something logically from principles and patterns whilst cross linking ideas with other sciences especially Biology.
Traditionally, the subject matter is divided into three sections: Physical, Inorganic and Organic. However, the Salters course integrates the Physical Chemistry into the 6 Inorganic-based and 7 Organic-based modules. This means consideration of the mathematical laws, models and principles and instrumental methods, is clearly related to real-life applied case studies. Practical work is dealt with as it arises, as at GCSE, and contributes towards coursework-skill assessments and an individual investigation.
In order to be considered for an Advanced Subsidiary Course, which leads to a full Advanced Level, students will be expected to have gained an absolute minimum of five GCSE grades at C or above in Mathematics and English, with a minimum of B grades in their chosen subjects having been studied at a higher tier. Students achieving a C grade at GCSE in their chosen subject may be accepted only by negotiation and agreement with the Team Leader for that subject.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ivybridge Community College directly.