A-Levels - A Level Chemistry (ALV1) at Barnsley College
A Level Chemistry is a highly regarded and useful qualification for Higher Education and employment in a wide range of areas, particularly for those who wish to pursue a career in science or medicine. The course will allow you to develop a greater understanding of the world around us by an in-depth study of the composition of substances, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances.
The course is split into six modules. You will study a variety of topics including: the development of practical skills, foundations in chemistry, periodic table and energy, core organic chemistry, physical chemistry, transition elements, and organic chemistry and analysis.
We generally ask for an Attainment 8 score of 5.5 or above (including a 5 or above in English and maths). However, we will discuss entry requirements with you at interview so please come and talk to us!
We would prefer GCSE Grade 5 or above in Chemistry and another science or two Grade 5s or above in Combined Science. Plus GCSE Grade 5 or above in Mathematics.
Our Sixth Form campus includes purpose-built laboratories where you will be taught through a mixture of teacher-led sessions, group activities, independent study and practical-based learning.
Assessment is by examination. The Practical Endorsement is teacher assessed.
If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund for travel (up to £700), if your household income is below £20,000 you could be eligible for food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back.
You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.
If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*
You can get FREE meals at college if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267
FREE bus services!
We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.
Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus
Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus
South Elmsall via South Kirby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus
Rotherham via Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus
These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:
Studying A Level Chemistry can lead to many exciting careers in healthcare, such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and veterinary medicine. It can also be extremely useful for careers in the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, engineering, pharmacology and analytical chemistry. For students who wish to go straight into employment, there may be opportunities in laboratory work, the food industry, the health service and the chemical industry.
Additional Learning Support
Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.
We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.
Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm
Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123
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.