Chemistry A Level at South Wiltshire UTC
Chemistry is the natural science concerned with the composition, structure and properties of matter.
With specific focus on atoms, compounds and molecules, Chemistry examines interactions and transformation in matter including the impact of energy and the combination of elements to form complex substances.
Branches of Chemistry include:
- Analytical Chemistry;
- Chemical Engineering;
- Medicinal Chemistry
- Organic and Inorganic Chemistry;
- Physical Chemistry; and • Nanochemistry.
Chemistry gives you in-depth understanding of the principles and theories of basic matter and allows you to explore your understanding of these through practical experiments.
You will need to have done well in Chemistry at GCSE (which will normally mean at least a B Grade) or to have performed strongly in chemical elements of Combined Science.
There are end of course exams. These test your ability to apply Chemistry knowledge in multiple choice, short structured answers and extended answers (testing your ability to apply practical skills). There’s also a pass/fail “practical endorsement” based on your ability to perform a minimum of 12 practicals. This reports separately rather than contributing to your A Level grade.
Chemistry links well with other natural sciences (Physics and Biology) and with Psychology. Most careers linked to Chemistry require degree level study but there are growing Apprenticeship opportunities in areas such as Lab Technician work. Careers directly linked to Chemistry including being an analytical chemist, chemical engineer, health scientist or doctor, vet, forensic scientist, pharmacologist, researcher or toxicologist. Other occupations where Chemistry provides recognised value include environmental science, conservation, oceanography, teaching and agriculture.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wiltshire UTC directly.