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Chemistry OCR GCE A2-level at Cornwall College

Course description

Chemistry is essential for anyone wishing to study Medicine, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy or Chemistry at university. It is also important if you are thinking of a career in science. The syllabus contains a huge variety of interesting topics, including plenty of practical work. This course is also for those who would like to have the knowledge and skills to take an informed interest in matters such as caring for the environment and the responsible use of chemical technology, to understand techniques used in forensic science and drugs research, follow a career path into medicine or sciences, or who would simply enjoy the challenges of this fascinating subject.

Course content

Module 1: Atoms, Bonds and Groups, Module 2: Chains, Energy and Resources, Module 3: Practical Skills in Chemistry 1, Module 4: Rings, Polymers and Analysis, Module 5: Equilibria, Energetics and Elements, Module 6: Practical Skills in Chemistry 2

Entry requirements

For entry into AS Chemistry you should have 5 GCSEs grade C or above, including a grade C or above in either GCSE Chemistry or Core and Additional Science, both at higher level but not Additional applied Science. Grade C in GCSE Maths higher level, grade B recommended. For entry into A2 Chemistry you will need to have successfully completed AS Chemistry.


A variety of teaching methods and learning activities are used in the course. These include lectures, demonstrations, discussions, practical work, video clips, IT and resource based learning include the college Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). A2 Chemistry is an enjoyable but challenging option and students embarking on this course must be prepared to work hard to succeed. You will need to do 4-5 hours of independent study per week.

Future opportunities

Most students completing the course go to university. Past students have gone on to university courses as diverse as Medicine, Law, Biochemistry, Engineering, Geology and Mathematics. A-level Chemistry is an excellent qualification for entry onto almost any university course! Demand for people with qualifications in Chemistry is high. Chemistry graduates are sought after to work on industrial and academic research, in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, in the financial world and in management. A-level Chemistry is essential for university courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Science or Pharmacy. It is also important if you are considering any future study or career in Chemistry, Biology or related subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cornwall College directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
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