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Chemistry at Fort Pitt Grammar School

Course description

Why should I study Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of materials, what they are made of, how they interact and what role they play in living things. From the moment you are born and throughout your whole life you are surrounded by chemistry; in the air you breathe, the food you eat and the clothes you wear. From space research to the depths of the oceans, chemists are involved in collecting valuable information that helps us to have a better understanding of the world we live in. Chemists are working to solve the problems we face every day. If you have an interest in and enjoyment of, Chemistry and you up for a real challenge and enjoy recognition for serious problem solving involving a subject at the fore front of modern technological advances, then A level Chemistry could be the choice for you.

What will the course involve?

The linear A level in Chemistry involves three examinations at the end of Y13. Two papers are 1 hour and 45 minutes long and one paper is 2 hours and 30 minutes long. These cover overarching themes of: • Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry • Advanced organic and Physical Chemistry • General and Practical Principles in Chemistry There is no coursework in the linear A level. However, practical competency is assessed through a number of core practicals which are then used to report overall proficiency of practical skills at the end of the course. The theory behind the practical techniques will be assessed in the written examination papers.

How might this course complement others?

A level Chemistry works well in combination with Biology and Physics as well as Maths, Further Maths and Psychology.

How will this subject be useful in the future?

Chemistry is a preferred subject for the degree level study of more courses than any other subject. Chemistry is essential or highly recommended for the following careers: Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary science, Food science, Forensics and Biochemistry. In fact, there are chemists working in every field imaginable – from military logistics to accountancy in the City.

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: 05 December 2016
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  • Start date: Next September

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