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Chemistry AS A Level at Saint Mary's College, Blackburn

Course description

Chemistry is the ‘central’ science and is at the forefront of numerous areas of leading edge research designed to solve current and future issues facing the world in which we live. These include finding sustainable biofuel technologies, treating HIV using nanoscience and the development of medicinal drugs to treat serious illnesses like schizophrenia and arthritis. Additionally, chemists are currently involved in the formulation of effective cosmeceuticals, producing self-repairing plastics and finding the perfect micro-structure for ice cream! Chemistry is a fascinating subject which teaches you to develop a wide variety of skills, think logically and work in an organised manner. At AS or A Level the subject goes well with Biology or Physics but also complements Maths, Geography, Geology, Computing, ICT, Psychology or Modern Languages. Don’t worry if you plan to study subjects not mentioned here, adding Chemistry to your AS/A Level programme will not close any doors. Moreover, you will have seven periods per week contact time and the opportunity to get additional learning support! Year one of the course leads to AS Level Chemistry. Module 1 topics include atomic structure, quantitative chemistry, bonding, periodicity and organic chemistry. Module 2 introduces energetics, kinetics, equilibria, redox chemistry, halogens, metals and a closer examination of carbon-based compounds. In Year two, the content of Module 4 comprises further Physical and Organic Chemistry with Module 5 covering energetics, redox and further Inorganic Chemistry. The AS and A Level courses are designed to develop understanding by the integration of practical and theoretical work wherever possible. The assessment of practical skills generates the "coursework" mark for module 3 at AS and module 6 at A Level.

Entry requirements

Mathematics grade B. Core Science (Science A) at grade B and Additional Science grade B. Alternatively, Chemistry grade B with another grade B Science from Core Science (Science A) / Additional Science / Biology / Physics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Mary's College, Blackburn directly.

Last updated date: 15 October 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years