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Chemistry AS & A Level at Scarborough Sixth Form College

Course description

A level Chemistry is the key to understanding many scientific phenomena. The subject range includes study of the fundamental aspects of an atom – the key building blocks of elements and molecules whilst also exploring complex molecules essential to life such as DNA. The course develops essential practical skills needed to become a proficient scientist.

Course content

Topics studied in the first year are:

Unit 1: Elements of Life
Unit 2: Developing Fuels
Unit 3: Elements from the Sea
Unit 4: The ozone story
Unit 5: What’s in a medicine

Topics studied in the second year are:

Unit 6: The chemical industry
Unit 7: The polymers and life
Unit 8: The oceans
Unit 9: Developing metals
Unit 10: Colour by design

Entry requirements

In addition to the A Level entry requirements you need a minimum of BB in GCSE Science or B in GCSE Chemistry PLUS grade 5 in Maths, OR CC in GCSE Science and C in GCSE Chemistry PLUS grade 6 in Maths.


AS is assessed by two terminal exam papers, each contributing to 50% of the final AS qualification.

The A level qualification involves 3 exam papers based on the 5 units studied in the first year during the AS course and a further 5 units studied in the second year.

Practical skills are assessed during the course but do not contribute to the final A level qualification. A separate practical skills certificate is awarded by the examination board.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is the key science essential to enter many well paid professions such as Medicines, Veterinary and Pharmacy. It opens the door to studying Biochemistry and Chemical engineering at university as well as forensic and material science.

Chemistry is valued by many of the top universities and encompasses many of the key skills valued by employers such as numeracy skills, literacy and practical scientific skills. Chemistry is a popular choice to complement other studies such as Geology, Business studies and the Literacy subjects such as Law and English.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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