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Chemistry, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

Chemistry helps you to understand the world around you. It’s in the food you eat, clothes you wear, water you drink, medicines you take – the list is endless. Learning Chemistry means learning how to be objective and how to reason and solve problems. Chemistry A level can help you understand current and political events surrounding the environment and technological advances; it can help you to read product labels more intricately, be a better cook and even show you how to synthesis paracetamol.

At OSFC we are a highly experienced and qualified team of Chemists and lessons are interactive to meet every student’s needs – our Chemistry lessons have all been graded good or outstanding by Ofsted. You can participate in a range of activities to further your interest in the subject. We are regular participants in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge and the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Analyst competition, attend the Spectroscopy Day at Manchester University and host guest speakers to ensure you are fully inspired. Students have the opportunity to take part in trips and to improve their skills through extra practical activities and presentations. They spend the day at Huddersfield University during Science week, carrying out a series of interesting experiments in their modern laboratories.

A team of students is also selected to take part in the annual “Young Analyst of the Year” competition held at Manchester Metropolitan University, The College frequently gives a very good account of itself at this event. Our Chemistry Ambassadors scheme gives you the chance to show your leadership skills by helping to run events in the department.

Course content

Year 1

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

Year 2

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 5 – Physical Chemistry and transition elements

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at


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Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

MMU - Biomedical Sciences
Bradford University - Mechanical Engineering
The University of Hull - Chemical Engineering
The University of Manchester - Medicine

Careers Destinations

  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Forensic Science
  • Physiotherapy

Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Statistics

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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