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Chemistry A Level at Salisbury 6th Form College

Course description

Realise it or not, deep down we are all chemists. Every time we light a match, boil an egg or simply breathe in and out, we perform a chemical reaction. Our bodies grow, develop and function entirely as a result of the chemical processes that go on within them. Our clothes and nearly all the objects of our everyday life are manufactured by the chemical transformation of raw materials like oil or iron ore, or by the chemical treatment of natural products like wood or wool.

Most of the food we eat is grown with the help of chemical fertilizers and kept from rotting with chemical preservatives. If we are to protect the planet from the harmful effects of human activity, we need to understand as clearly as possible the complex chemical systems which make up our environment of land, sea and air.

You will build on the Chemistry you have studied in GCSE, and in some cases you will understand for the first time why these reactions happen. You will study the building blocks of life itself and build some of these substances for yourself. Throughout the course you will develop your practical ability and understanding of why and how we analyse the results of experiments.

Why study this course at S6C?

All Science at S6C is taught in new state-of-the-art laboratories.

Course content

The course starts with an understanding of the behaviour and distribution of electrons (on which the whole of Chemistry depends) and we learn how to measure the amount of substance in reactions and how elements are joined in compounds. We start to understand what the Periodic table really tells us and how we can use it to predict the behaviour of elements in reactions.

We then study the energy of reactions, which enables us to measure how far and how fast reactions occur. We look in detail at some groups of the elements and some families of organic (carbon-based) compounds.

In the second year we revisit some topics to add detail, quantifying and exploring further. We create colours in our work with the transition metals and we make organic dyes. You will see the different topics in Chemistry start to come together as we work out how to make complex molecules from simpler building-blocks, and you could make paracetamol and aspirin.

Trips and visits opportunities

Experience working in university Chemistry laboratories such as Bristol and Southampton.

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need grade B or above in GCSE Chemistry.

If you have not studied separate sciences, Science Core and Additional need to have a minimum of a grade B (where the exam scores are at grade B).

GCSE Maths must be at a grade 6 or above and GCSE English must be at a grade 5 or above.

Future opportunities

Students who study Chemistry may wish to pursue a career in the fields of Chemical Sciences (e.g. Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry or Chemical Engineering to name but a few). Equally studying Chemistry leads well into careers in fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Forensic Science, Optometry, Radiography, Nursing, Food Science and many more.

Further information

What our students think

“The support from staff is really good, especially if it gets tough and small classes mean we can discuss everything together and learn from each other.”

Ellen, previously St Edmund’s Girls’ School

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: 12 September 2016
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