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Chemistry A Level at Bury St Edmunds County Upper School

Course description

Chemistry is a challenging subject which enables students to develop a wide range of skills. There are a number of degrees for which chemistry is a requirement and many others for which it is considered desirable; these include medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, chemistry, biochemistry, forensic science, pharmacology
and physiotherapy. Graduate chemists are widely sought for their excellent mathematical and analytical skills as well as their ability to think things through and solve problems, useful skills in any profession.

Course content

The course aims to convey the excitement of contemporary chemistry, exploring the frontiers of research and applications of chemistry, and relating them to the concepts needed. The course is divided into a number of context based teaching modules, within which many different chemical ideas are required. For example, the module ‘Developing Fuels’ looks at the contribution chemists make to the development of new and improved fuels, but to understand the module students need to learn ideas about thermochemistry, alkanes, structural isomers, entropy and catalysts.

Entry requirements

Students  who  wish  to  study  GCE  Advanced  level  courses  are  required  to  have  passed  at  least  five  GCSE  or  equivalent  level  two  courses  at  grades  5-9  including  a  minimum  of  grade 5 in the subjects they wish to study.  Most students attempting A level courses will have  more  than  this  minimum.  In  subjects  not  taught  at  GCSE  a  5  in  a  related  subject  is  required (for example, a 5/6 in English would enable a student to study Politics).


Year 12
Elements of life
Developing Fuels
Elements from the Sea
The Ozone Story
What’s in a medicine?
Year 13
The Chemical Industry
Polymers and Life
Developing Metals
Colour by Design
Paper 1
Multiple choice
and structured questions
Paper 2
Scientific Literacy
Structured and
extended answer questions.
Paper 3
Practical Skills
Structured and
extended answer questions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bury St Edmunds County Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 12 January 2018
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