Chemistry represents a wide-ranging and robust body of knowledge that enables you to interpret and understand many of the processes and events that occur around us in everyday life, such as how everyday objects and materials are made, how medicines and drugs work, how humanity grows food, how space flight is powered, how to detect an art forgery, how criminals are brought to justice and how we can prevent and deal with pollution. Chemistry is there to help when specific major disasters occur and we provide both a temporary fix to big problems as well as work with other scientists, engineers and politicians to develop a more permanent solution to them. There are few areas of life where Chemistry does not play a pivotal role!
Many areas of Chemistry are studied in the course and a number of GCSE topics are expanded upon as well as new ones introduced. These topics (a full list is available in the official syllabus) become an ‘intellectual toolkit’ from which you become increasingly confident at selecting the appropriate tools to solve particular styles of problems. Chemistry will also give you a wide range of analytical and thinking skills that, combined with a good working knowledge of chemistry, will enable you to bring many concepts together to suggest solutions to complex issues and problems. These skills will be very useful to you in your future studies and career.
If you are studying GCSE Chemistry as part of the triple-award/separate sciences
programme, you need to have gained at least an ‘A’ grade in GCSE Chemistry. If you are studying GCSE dual-award science that includes Core and Additional Science components, then you will need to have gained two ‘A*’ grades. If you are studying GCSE dual-award science that includes Core and Applied Science components, this is not an appropriate combination of qualifications to study A-Level Chemistry at SGS. In all cases, at least a grade ‘A’ in GCSE mathematics is also preferred.