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Chemistry AS at Charles Darwin School

Course description

Chemistry is the knowledge and understanding of the properties of materials and how they interact with each other. It would be difficult to find an aspect of society that is not touched by the science of chemistry. This course introduces the key ideas upon which this knowledge and understanding is based. The course is divided into topics each covering one of the key ideas. Students will gain an understanding of the concepts and lean to apply them to real situations. This knowledge and understanding is assessed by two formal examinations in January and June. Chemistry is a practical subject and the course involves carrying out experiments on a regular basis. This aspect is also examined formally by an internal assessment that contributes to the student's final grade. There is an emphasis throughout on the scientific process: how scientists work; how society uses science and its impact; how science moves forward. the course is designed to prepare students to go on to A2 chemistry and the modules contribute to the A level final grade.

Entry requirements

Grade B at additional or triple GCSE science of GCSE chemistry

Future opportunities

AS chemistry is a starting point towards a career in the science industry. However, chemistry is a gateway subject to other career paths. A degree in chemistry can lead to working in the finance sector; it is a requirement for the medical or veterinary schools; the civil service needs chemists for environmental work and much more.The course was designed in consultation with the Royal Society of Chemistry and the chemical industry. Modern developments in chemistry and their impact on resources and society are included in the course.

Further information

The course will suit people with an enthusiasm for science, with an interest in the careers listed, problem solvers, creativity to apply abstract ideas to real situations; good practical skills; ability tow work independently or at least the will to learn to do so. Sciences do involve mathematics but don't let it put you off if it is not your area of strength.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Charles Darwin School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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