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Chemistry A Level at Gloucestershire College

Course description

A Level Chemistry provides excellent preparation for a career in almost any industry and is usually required by universities for careers in medicine, dental surgery, veterinary surgery, chemical engineering, pharmaceutical science, biotechnology, biochemistry and forensics.

The study of AS and A Level Chemistry involves the exploration of organic (including biochemistry), inorganic and physical chemistry to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge and the opportunity to understand and appreciate the world around us in a new and deeper way.

Course content

During the course you will undertake experimental work, as well as learn and apply a deep and exciting understanding of chemistry and chemical processes. You will develop practical skills which will enable you to collect accurate results and data to form logical conclusions.

Processes include titrations, organic synthesis, thermochemistry and analysis. Practical lessons will be incorporated into the course to enhance your learning and understanding of the subject - to illustrate chemical concepts and to bring context into the lessons. Practical understanding will be assessed, along with the normal written papers at the end of the course.

Entry requirements

Our new entry criteria are based around the average GCSE scores required to study grouped subjects.

The subjects are divided into three groups each requiring a different minimum average GCSE score.

The average GCSE score will have to be generated from a minimum of SEVEN academic GCSEs  - with at least 5 grade Cs including maths and English within this SEVEN

This subject requires
  • an average GCSE points score of 5.9 points
  • B or above in Maths and
  • B or above in Chemistry or BB in Double Award Science (must be core and additional, not core/applied and a B must be in Chemistry)


Changes to A Level Courses in 2015 and 2016

The government has implemented a number of changes to AS and A Level courses starting in September 2015, which affect all schools and colleges in England.

The main changes will be:

  • AS qualifications will still be available as a high quality, stand-alone qualification
  • All assessment in A Levels will be at the end of two years of study
  • There will also be more emphasis on exams and less on coursework, with most subjects being assessed entirely on exams.

We will continue to enter all students into exams at the end of their first year, as we believe it will give students, parents and tutors useful feedback on their progress in the first year; help students to decide which higher education course to apply for; and give universities an indication of their expected grades.

It will also give them the ability to transfer to other courses or move onto employment with recognised qualifications, if they choose to

Future opportunities

Successful completion of a two-year A Level course can lead to university, higher education or employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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      Our Facilities include

      • The Bistro – food cooked by our catering students
      • Campus shop
      • Dining Room
      • Editing suites
      • Fitness – sports fields, tennis courts, swimming pool, running
      • track, fitness centre on site
      • The Forest Theatre
      • IT – modern macs and PCs
      • Library with online access and resources
      • Music recording studio
      • Netball, football and rugby teams
      • Nursery