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Chemistry at St Gregory's Catholic School

Course description

Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you! It's in the food you eat, clothes you wear, water you drink, medicines, air, and cleaners. Chemistry sometimes is called the "central science" because it connects other sciences to each other’s, such as biology, physics, geology and environmental science. In Chemistry you will acquire the following skills:-

•Planning and designing of experiments.
•Manipulation of apparatus.
•Observation and recording.
•Interpretation of experimental results.
•Problem solving.
•Logical thinking.



Course content

The course involves a study of the fundamental processes behind a huge range of natural and man-made phenomena and provides a range of skills that are relevant to a wide variety of fields - an emphasis on numerical, communication and problem-solving skills in addition to the teamwork involved in the practical situation.

While there is a need for learning of facts to provide the groundwork for the subject, the emphasis is on the understanding and application of ideas; so you will be challenged by the subject and learn to think for yourself.

There are three written papers, all two hours long.

Paper 1 - Inorganic Chemistry with relevant physical chemistry and practical skills.

Paper 2 - Organic Chemistry with relevant physical chemistry and practical skills.

Paper 3 - All content and practical skills.

Practical work will be assessed in the written papers. 15% of the total A Level marks will be for practical knowledge and understanding. A separate 'endorsement' of practical work will be assessed by teachers. This will not be graded. If students pass, it will be reported on their certificate.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE's 9-5 , including grade 7 in Chemistry or the Trilogy Science Chemistry modules, 6 in Maths and 6 in English Language. 

Future opportunities

•Follow a degree course in Chemistry, Materials Science, Forensic Science, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Science, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy.
•A more vocational course could be pursued in Applied Chemistry, Sports Studies, Horticulture and Beauty Therapy.
•Gain employment in Pharmacy, Analytical Laboratories.

Further information

What other subjects does it combine successfully with?

Biology, physics, mathematics, further mathematics, geography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Gregory's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Chemistry B (Salters) – H433

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • St Gregory's Office
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01892 527444
    • Email address:


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    • St Gregory’s is an Ofsted Outstanding Catholic school, welcoming of all faiths and none. We help young people to succeed, not just academically but as a well-balanced individual.

      Our Sixth Form is a vibrant happy and successful community where you can pursue and progress your academic studies and become confident, engaged and articulate, such that you will thrive in our rapidly changing world.

      We offer a broad range of subjects with all the support you’ll need to springboard into higher education, apprenticeships and employment. A combination of first class teaching and incredible pastoral care together with a range of experiences outside the classroom will inspire, build self-esteem and the confidence to achieve. Our Sixth Formers achieve consistently good examination results enabling them to move on to their chosen path, including Oxbridge, top universities, medical and veterinary schools. Our results are consistently high.

      Our dedicated Sixth Form Centre includes specialist classrooms, a lecture theatre, small seminar rooms, independent study areas, a large common room with a kitchen, garden and even its own chapel. Sixth Form staff are always on hand to help. Students also have access to a state of the art fitness suite and extensive playing fields with all-weather facilities.