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Chemistry - A Level at Canon Slade CofE School

Course description

What does the course aim to do?

• Develop essential knowledge and understand of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to each other.

• Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods.

• Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.

• Develop interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject.

• Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

You will be required to attend chemistry lessons and do consolidation practical work. You will also be asked to do summary questions to reinforce learning. There is also the opportunity to attend chemistry clinic. It is also expected that you will do extra reading from departmental library books and magazines.  

Course content

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English and Mathematics plus 3 A*-C grades at GCSE with a points score of 5.5+ (which equals roughly 4xB/6 and 4xC/5), from the top 8 GCSEs taken in the first sitting.

Additional Subject requirements are as follows:

B Additional Science or B Chemistry AND 6 Maths. Not Additional Applied or BTEC Science.


OCR Syllabus A.- H432

Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry – 37%

Synthesis and analytical techniques – 37%

Unified chemistry – 26%

Practical endorsement in chemistry – non exam

Future opportunities

In addition to the intrinsic merit of the course Chemistry is an essential requirement for degree courses in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Food Science, Genetics, Physiology, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, and Biotechnology as well as all types of Chemistry itself. It is also very useful as a qualification for many Biological courses, Ecology, Plant Science and Biomedical Sciences. For those intending to seek employment in chemical-related industries (e.g. paper, paint) it is an excellent preparation. A good grade in Chemistry is also very acceptable for many other degree courses and careers.

Further information

Am I suited to this subject?

You should have enjoyed the GCSE chemistry course, particularly the practical work and have acquired a reasonable level of skill in handling apparatus. You need to be proactive in your learning and be willing to develop independent learning skills. Attitude is extremely important. We regard A-Level Chemists as students – people who are here to study. You will be expected to be highly motivated and to show this by conforming to expectations and deadlines and by a constructive approach to the achievements of the group as a whole.

What will I need to do myself?

As a basic requirement a minimum of five hours at home plus a share of private study periods in school each week is necessary.

Why should I come to Canon Slade to study Chemistry?

We have very experienced specialist staff who have a track record of adding value to students grades. Class sizes are limited which enables staff to teach effectively. Staff are very supportive and will offer the chance of one to one help during Chemistry clinic. We aim to prepare our students to go on to have successful careers. Additional information from Mrs C Slade

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

For more information about this course contact us directly on 01204 333343

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: 02 November 2016
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