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Chemistry at Dudley Sixth

Course description

This course will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of facts, principles and concepts from different areas of chemistry.

Course content

Paper 1

Topics include physical chemistry such as amount of substance, kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibria, electrode potentials and acids and bases. Inorganic chemistry topics include alkaline earth metals, halogens, period 3 elements, transition elements and reactions of ions in aqueous solution. Relevant practical skills from a range of boardspecified experiments have to be done over the two years of A level. Paper 1 is worth 35% of the A level course.

Paper 2

Topics include all physical chemistry rate equations. All organic chemistry such as alkanes and alkenes, organic analysis, carbonyl compounds, aromatics, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA and NMR spectroscopy. Relevant practical skills from a range of board-specified experiments have to be done over the two years of A level. Paper 2 is worth 35% of the A level course.

Paper 3

Topics can be from ANY content and from ANY practical skills. Paper 3 is worth 30% of the total A level course.

Entry requirements

You must have two GCSE B grades in double award science (or BBB in triple award). Your maths GCSE must be grade 6 or higher and you must have a grade 5 in English language, in addition to the general entry requirements.


This will be done by assessment, examination and through laboratory based practical work.

Financial information

Studying at Dudley Sixth is free of charge, but if other costs are a barrier to you studying with us, we aim to help you to access financial support. Examples of support that could be available include:

Bursary fund

Students aged 16-18 attending a full-time further education course can apply for help with college related costs to the 16-18 Bursary Fund. More information about the 16-18 Bursary can be found at the website: or call 01384 363 555.

Care to Learn

Students aged under 20 needing help with childcare may be eligible for help with costs. More information is available from or call 0300 303 8610.

Free meals

The government has introduced a new scheme to provide free meals for eligible learners in Further Education. The purpose of this new scheme is to enable students who claim benefits or live with parents/guardians who claim benefits to access a healthy meal whilst at college without the cost becoming a burden. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Learner support fund

If you're 19 before you finish your studies then help is available through the Learner Support Fund (19+) which provides means-tested grants to help students aged 19+ with any additional costs of studying. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Free Bus Pass

If you are 16-18, and a student of Dudley Sixth, you will be eligible* for a free bus pass, as long as you live one mile away or further from where we are based, and are not already in receipt of other financial support.

*Students with disabilities who are unable to access public transport may still be able to receive help.

If you have costs other than those mentioned here, which make it difficult for you to start or complete a course, you should still apply for help.

Future opportunities

Many students who study A level chemistry will go onto higher education. Science-based degrees such as biomedical science, forensic science, environmental science, pharmacy and other medical sciences, material science and many more require chemistry as an essential part of their entry requirement.

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: 09 February 2017
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