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A-Level Chemistry at East Sussex College Hastings

Course description

During this two-year course you will be able to fully understand the behaviour of the materials around us.

Course content

Why does an autumn leaf turn red? How does soap clean us? Why is a diamond hard? The study of chemistry is driven by the desire to explain the behaviour of the materials around us.

Over the two years of the course you will develop your understanding of how science works in the laboratory as well as in the world outside. You will gain a detailed understanding of a discipline that will remain at the forefront of scientific development, and you will be able to understand how the behaviour of atoms and molecules determines the world we live in, our shape and size, and even how we feel on a given day. You will get into the detail of physical and organic chemistry to understand the transition of elements while sharpening your analytical skills.

You will study topics including:

  • The inorganic chemistry of main group and transition elements
  • The organic chemistry of functional groups and synthesis
  • The physical chemistry of kinetics, equilibria and energetics
  • Analytical chemistry including spectroscopic techniques

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you will need to meet the minimum requirements of 5 Grade 5 GCSEs (including Maths and English) and have a Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and Chemistry or Combined Science.


Your assessments will be entirely through exams

Financial information

There may be some additional costs during the course for trips and visits to further your learning.

Future opportunities

This course would be good to study alongside other A-Level subjects such as Biology, Physics, or Maths, allowing for progression to university courses in Chemistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Nursing, or Chemical Engineering.

Alternatively, you could progress onto an apprenticeship or employment in laboratory-based roles.

There are a number of career opportunities available to you follow the course such as working in the field of medicine, becoming a Biochemist, Chemical engineer, Geochemist, Hazardous waste manager, or even into dentistry.

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: 06 September 2018
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    • Located next to Hasting town centre, Station Plaza is a large, light-filled building surrounded by 22,000 square meters of study space and social zones. Classrooms are equipped with the most up-to-date resources and interactive whiteboards. It houses multiple IT suites, a gym, Coast coffee, Subway, Coast Restaurant, a training kitchen, a professional salon, an art shop, diner and a large Learning Resource Centre. 

      Students have 24/7 access to lessons and learning resources from home via WIKI, podcasts and teacher/student blogs. Students can hire laptops from the LRCs and both sites are WIFI activated.