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Chemistry A Level at Cowley International College

Course description

Chemistry explores the building blocks of all living and
non-living substances and tries to explain why certain
substances interact with each other, how they interact and
what happens when they interact

If you enjoyed Chemistry at GCSE and are prepared for some
hard work and hard thinking then Chemistry at A-level is worth
serious consideration. Chemistry will challenge your ideas
and concepts and hopefully encourage you to read around the
subject to get a broader appreciation of the way Chemistry is
used in all aspects of everyday life.

Course content

AS Chemistry
There are topics that will be familiar from GCSE, but these will
be studied in greater detail. New topics will include: Further
Organic Chemistry, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibria and

A2 Chemistry
This takes AS material much further to the full A-level
standard. Thermodynamics is studied in more depth along
with more detailed Organic Chemistry. Transition Metals and
Complexes are studied for the first time.

Entry requirements

To study Chemistry at A-level you need to achieve (at least) a
grade B at GCSE Chemistry (or achieve a grade B in the Chemistry
component of the Additional Science examination) and at
least a grade B (grade 6) in GCSE Mathematics.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is probably the most useful Science
A-level to have as it enables progression to many further
courses, including: Chemistry, Material Science, Biochemistry,
Biology, Engineering/Chemical Engineering. Chemistry is
mandatory if you wish to follow any medical course, such as:
Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy and

A good grade at A-level Chemistry is also suitable for those
who wish to study Law as it indicates a good breadth of
knowledge and understanding.

Further information

Did you know…
The origins of Chemistry is lost in antiquity but historians tell
us that the skills of changing raw materials into useful
substances seems to have been practised well before 1000BC.
The Alchemists’ unrelenting drive to produce the
‘Philosopher’s Stone’ paved the way for modern Chemistry
(many elements and chemical principles were discovered or
developed by them).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowley International College directly.

Last updated date: 03 February 2017

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