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Chemistry at Ringwood School Academy

Course description

Chemistry is the study of substances, what they are made of, how they interact and the role they play in living things. No matter how the world changes in the 21st century, Chemistry will always be at the centre of science and at the heart of life.

The Salters course aims to broaden the appeal of Chemistry by emphasising the applications of chemistry and the work thatchemists do to enrich people's lives.


Course content

You will learn about chemical topics ranging from the development of new medicines and the chemistry of the oceans to the chemistry behind the depletion of ozone in the atmosphere, the extraction of minerals and the chemistry of steelmaking.

The course examines how the accidental discovery of polymers led to exciting new ‘designerpolymers’ that have revolutionised our lives as well as the exciting chemistry behind the colours in the clothes we wear.

During the course you will develop the practical skills needed to handle chemicals safely and perform accurate analytical chemistry. There are opportunities to visit the research  laboratories at Southampton University and industrial research facilities.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Bs and 3 Cs (or equivalent) at GCSE.
  • In addition, GCSE Additional Science B  grade or above, or B, B and C in Triple Science with a B in Chemistry.
  • Students should also have obtained GCSE Maths B grade and English Language C grade.



At AS level the course is assessed by two written papers, which assess the breadth
and depth of understanding of concepts; containing both short, structured questions
and more open-ended problem solving questions.

In A2 there are three written papers. Paper 1 assesses fundamentals of chemistry (41%), paper 2 covers scientific literacy (37%) and paper 3 assesses practical skills in chemistry (22%).

Financial information

Students are invited to subscribe to ‘Chemistry Review’ magazine (£12.50) and will be asked to contribute to the cost of transport for any educational visits.

Future opportunities

A level Chemistry is also a good training for the world of commerce and employers recognise the key skills of numeracy, problem-solving and communication that are an integral part of chemistry courses. A level chemistry students often progress to careers
in law, accountancy, journalism, finance or business.

Students who have studied A level Chemistry may go on to study for a science or chemical science degree or many related degrees such as pharmacy, forensic science or biological sciences. Most courses in medicine or veterinary science also demand an A level in Chemistry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 March 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years