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Chemistry A-Level at Bristol Brunel Academy

Course description

Why are carrots that particular shade of orange? Why can't you get polythene wet? Because the world is made of chemicals, it is simply amazing the things that chemistry can explain!

Course content

  • Developing Fuels. How fuels work and how can we get more energy out for less pollution. 
  • Elements of Life. Where elements come from; spectroscopy and patterns in properties. 
  • Elements from the Sea. Chemicals and the sea, and how sea water is used in industry. 
  • The Atmosphere. What is really going on with the ozone layer and global warming, and how big a problem is it anyway? 
  • What's in a Medicine? Modern methods for making and purifying drugs, including instrumental analysis. 
  • The Thread of Life. How proteins are made and how it's structure affects it's properties. 
  • The Steel Story. Steel, rusting (or not!) and electrochemistry.

Entry requirements

B grades at Core and Additional science or B grades in two separate sciences (including the science selected to study).

Minimum Academic Standard for Progression into Y13

Entry into Y13 is not automatic in CLF Post 16.

The majority of students will continue into Y13 dependent on the entry criteria for courses as outlined below:

For A levels, all students must attain a minimum academic standard of passing all subjects with at least two D grades for successful progression in to Y13.

Supportive statements from subject teachers confirming suitability for continued study at A level. Following receipt of AS results, students who have met the entry requirements will be offered a place in Y13.

Students who do not meet the entry requirements into Y13 will be given guidance about a change of study programme and relevant courses available. They will not be allowed to re-sit the same core learning aims (i.e. subjects) as they did in Y12.


Previous external exams plus teacher marked/externally moderated coursework.

Future opportunities


University in science-based courses as well as others.


Medicine; dentistry; veterinary science; pharmacology; forensic science; analytical chemistry; chemical engineering; scientific research; environmental consultant; teacher; chartered certified accountant; patent attorney; science writer; management.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bristol Brunel Academy directly.

Last updated date: 29 April 2015

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