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Chemistry at Palmer's College

Course description

Chemistry plays a part in everything we encounter in our everyday lives, from the colour of the clothes we wear to the medicines we take when ill. Chemists work on such things as developing new materials that underpin advances in technology and on developing ever more sensitive tests to help in the diagnosis of disease and the detection of crime.

Course content

Atomic structure; bonding, intermolecular forces, quantitative chemistry, spectroscopy, the periodic table, thermochemistry, organic chemistry, polymers, atmospheric pollution.

Chemistry is an academic subject requiring committed study. Numerical work is an essential part of Chemistry so good maths skills are needed.

Entry requirements

Minimum of four Cs and two Bs at GCSE which must include grade B in Maths and a grade B in either GCSE Chemistry or in both Core and Additional Science.


Financial information

You will be expected to purchase a lab coat from the College for approximately £10*.

Future opportunities

Studying Chemistry, usually in conjunction with another science subject and perhaps maths, can be the first step towards a career in areas such as chemical engineering, medical laboratory science, biochemistry, ecology, metallurgy, medicine, dentistry, food science and marine biology.

Further information

A Chemistry subject leaflet is available from the College website.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2015
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    • We are a specialist sixth form college providing post-16 education in South Essex to over 2000 students. Palmer's College is a warm and welcoming college and offers a fantastic team of teaching and support staff alongside superb new facilities.  The College has spent an impressive £4.2 million to improve its student facilities over the past three years.

      There is a place for everyone at Palmer’s – our students are treated like adults, make great friends and achieve success in A-levels, BTEC and secretarial courses.