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Chemistry (AS/A Level) at New College Swindon

Course description

A knowledge of Chemistry is vital in understanding many of the processes which occur in nature and in new technological developments.

During this Chemistry course you will study some of these important processes through the use of a range of resources, practical work, small group discussions and lectures.

Course content

AS Level Chemistry is covered in one year.  The four modules you will study are:

Module 1:  Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry

Module 2:  Foundations in Chemistry: study of atoms; molecules and equations; calculations involving reacting substances; acid-base reactions and structure and bonding of substances.

Module 3:  Periodic table and energy: study of Group 2 and halogens; enthalpy changes, rate of reaction and equilibrium.

Module 4:  Core Organic Chemistry: study of hydrocarbons and other organic chemicals; how substances can be analysed.

Module 1, 2, 3, 4 – As AS level modules

Module 5 – Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements: mathematical treatment of reaction rates, equilibrium, pH, buffers with transition metal chemistry.

Module 6 – Further study of organic chemistry and analysis: further information on organic chemistry with analysis of substances.

After Year 1 take as AS examination covering modules 1-4.   At the end of year 2 you will take examinations which cover all 6 modules including modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 which is the A level qualification.

Entry requirements

You must have GCSE Chemistry or Additional Science at grade B or above (or equivalent) and preferably a grade C in Maths.  You should also like doing practical work and finding answers to problems.


AS Level and A Level both consist of exam-based units.  A further tutor-marked practical module is assessed in both AS and A level, which does not count towards the overall exam grade.


Chemistry AS/A Level exams will take place in the Summer of each year.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is essential for careers in Medicine, Chemical Engineering, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Forensic Science, Pharmacy and Biochemistry.

Studying Chemistry can help you to gain a better understanding of some aspects of Biology or Physics.  It is common to study two science subjects in combination with Geography, Economics, Sociology or Mathematics, or with a language, a combination which is becoming increasingly popular.

Many non-scientific employers in the business community often choose scientists to fill their vacancies because one of the main things you learn when studying a scientific subject is to think logically and solve problems.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Swindon directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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