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Chemistry (AS / A Level) at Middlesbrough College

Course description

This AS/A Level qualification demonstrates how Chemistry has an impact on all aspects of our lives. The course covers a wide range of areas such as the periodic table and energy, core organic chemistry, the foundations in chemistry and many more. The specification content is divided into six teaching modules and each module is further divided into key topics. Each module is introduced with a summary of the chemistry it contains and each topic is also introduced with a short summary text. The assessable content is then divided into two columns: Learning outcomes and Additional guidance.

Course content

Content is split into six teaching modules: • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry • Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry • Module 3 – Periodic table and energy • Module 4 – Core organic chemistry • Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements • Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

Entry requirements

Five or more GCSE’s at grade C or above including Maths and English and a Grade B in Core Science and Additional Science or a Grade B in GCSE Chemistry. GCSE Applied Science is not accepted for entry on this course. Entry also subject to QCA course If you do not have a Grade A to C in English and/or Maths, you will be required to continue studying these subjects as part of your Study Programme.


You will be examined on all content at the end of two years. There are 3 examinations, testing different components of the course. 1) Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01) 100 marks 2 hours 15 minutes written paper 2) Synthesis and analytical techniques (02) 100 marks 2 hours 15 minutes written paper 3) Unified chemistry (03) 70 marks1 hour 30 minutes written paper Component 01 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5. Component 02 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6. Component 03 assesses content from all modules (1 to 6). There will also be a practical endorsement in chemistry which will take place throughout the year.

Future opportunities

The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for University we can provide support with the UCAS application and Student Finance. A Level Chemistry is particularly important if you want to study Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry or Biochemistry at university. It is also appreciated by admissions tutors in many other subjects, including Law, due to its logical discipline. It is useful if you want to go on and study subjects such as Geology, Physical Geography, Engineering, or Material Science. Many chemistry graduates are also recruited by financial companies. Studying Chemistry would also help you with the pyrotechnics in Theatre Studies and if you want to train in Art Conservation, a knowledge of Chemistry is necessary!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 April 2016
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