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Chemistry A Level at Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Course description

Chemistry is an important science both as a key requirement for a scientific career as well as its influence in our everyday lives and, because of this, many students choose this interesting yet challenging subject. From the knowledge and ideas met at GCSE the course aims to develop the understanding of students to embrace the fundamental concepts in all the branches of modern chemistry.

Course content

Students who choose the A Level Chemistry course will follow a programme of study over two years. The course allows students not only to increase the breadth and depth of their chemical understanding but will enable them to develop a wide range of practical, analytical and scientific skills which will prove to be invaluable in the future.

Some of the exciting topics which will be covered include:

Atomic Structure, Bonding , Chemical Calculations and Acids

Essential chemical skills are encountered earlier in the course. Building on GCSE topics we revisit and deepen students' understanding of the structure of atoms and how this directly affects their ability to bond and react. The versatility of acids, alkalis and their associated reactions are also explored together with their critical role in laboratory analysis.

The Periodic Table and Energy

Students examine in greater detail the beauty and complexity of the periodic table, revealing the patterns and trends that allow chemists to understand and predict the behaviour of elements and their compounds. The study of energy changes within chemical reactions allows scientists to control and modify reactions for the benefit of all.

Organic Chemistry and Analytical Techniques

The study of carbon and its compounds at A Level introduces students to the almost limitless number of natural and synthetic carbon based compounds in existence. By gradually learning increasingly complex reaction mechanisms students discover how organic molecules can be built to shape the natural world and to provide many important materials for life and society. Modern methods of identification, monitoring and analysis of such molecules are also explained and applied.

Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements.

A more mathematical approach to the study of the chemical world is an essential aspect in the full understanding of chemical processes. It allows chemists to understand the kinetics involved and using this knowledge to improve and enhance current reactions as well as predicting and planning for new reactions in the future. Transition metals already hold the key to many current environment-friendly energy innovations and study of their unique chemistry may well lead today's A Level students on to even greater discoveries in the future.

Entry requirements

If you have taken GCSE Science you must achieve a grade C in Core Science and grade B at the higher level in Additional Science (not Applied). If you have taken GCSE Chemistry you must achieve at least a grade B. In the new A Level chemistry course there will be a minimum 20% weighting of Maths skills within the assessment, including aspects of algebra, data handling and graphing. You must therefore also have taken higher level GCSE Maths and have achieved at least grade C preferably grade B. If you have taken other Science qualifications you will need to discuss this with us.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is essential for many courses such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary science but because it is closely linked with Physics and Biology it is a beneficial science to have when studying any science-based course in higher education or to follow any science-based career.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015

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