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Chemistry at UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

Course description

Why study Chemistry?

Do you take pleasure in working out difficult ideas? Do you enjoy logic problems, learning ideas that 'click' beautifully together? Then you would enjoy Chemistry. Studying Chemistry is like studying a logical game so that once you know the 'rules of Chemistry' you can 'play' with the chemical ideas. However just as in a game you must know the rules, so you must be prepared to memorise the small number of details.

Chemistry is a concise subject that makes you think. If you study A level Chemistry then you should be able to ask 'Why?' and get a good answer. You will find AS Chemistry explains chemical ideas mostly using words, while A2 Chemistry explains chemical ideas using Maths, while broadening the topics studied.

Chemistry is the ‘central science’ with core concepts that underpin many phenomena in all areas of science and technology.

Careers/Higher Education

Chemistry is widely recognised by universities and employers as it equips candidates with the following qualities; thinking logically, solving problems, thinking independently and being a capable mathematician.

Career prospects are vast if you have A-level Chemistry including Chemical and Material Engineering, Metallurgy, Forensic Science, Medicine and Dentistry. It is also the first choice in other degree courses, such as Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Marine Chemistry.

 

 

 

Course content

A Level Chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry. It covers the key concepts of chemistry and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Chemistry highly appealing.

You will learn about chemistry in a range of different contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life. You will learn to investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

Topics Covered

  • Physical chemistry
    • Atomic structure and bonding
  • Inorganic chemistry
    • The periodic table
  • Organic chemistry
    • Alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, analysis
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids, proteins and organic synthesis
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Assessment

  • Total of 6 hours of examinations (3 x 2 hours) taken at the end of the course.
  • A wide range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.
  • Opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of both theory and practical skills through the examinations.

 

 

 

Entry requirements

 

Grade 6 or better in Combined Science or Chemistry and at least grade 5 in Maths.

Students must select a specialism (Computing, Health Sciences or Sport Science) alongside this course.

Further information

For further information, please register for one of our showcase events. 
Full details of the events and how to register are available on our website http://www.utcsheffield.org.uk.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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    • UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is the second UTC in Sheffield, opening in September 2016. It offers a combination of Technical and A Levels courses to Sixth Form students. The majority of students at UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park are advised to take a Cambridge Technical course of variable size in either Computing, Health or Sport combined with A Level courses.