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Chemistry A Level at St Edmund Campion Catholic School

Course description

Chemistry is not merely concerned with the idea of chemicals and matter; it is the fascinating study of how chemicals change when they interact with each other. Chemistry is essentially the study of change. Understanding these changes may seem very demanding at first, but the ideas and principles are built on a set of fundamental underlying patterns.

Chemistry will give you access to a wide range of careers – both within and outside the field of Science. Alongside learning about Chemistry, you will learn valuable skills such as problem-solving. This allows you to develop your cognitive thinking skills. It is an increasingly relevant subject in a world where we need to develop new materials, new and more effective medicines and develop new technologies to deal with everyday problems.

Course content

Year 12 - consists of a variety of topics within the areas of physical, inorganic and organic Chemistry. Units include atomic structure, the amount of substance, bonding, kinetics, equilibrium, periodicity, organic analysis, and organic chemicals. You will be examined on your practical skills through the exam papers and by producing a log book which will give you a separate grade for your practical skills. There are two exam papers at the end of the course.

Year 13 – includes the AS units as well as extra topics such as acid and bases, transition metals, thermodynamics, organic synthesis, amino-acids, DNA and spectroscopy. At the end of the two-year course, there are three exam papers covering all the content.

We encourage pupils to attend lectures at the local universities and have taken pupils to various universities to use undergraduate laboratories and work with university lectures and PhD students.

Entry requirements

B in Chemistry GCSE
6 in Maths GCSE

Future opportunities

Chemistry can be used as an entry qualification for a wide variety of courses at University. These include degrees in science, law, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, education, nursing, forensics, astrophysics, games design, engineering and material and natural science. Chemistry is considered by many universities and employers to be a challenging A-level and as such is sought after for many academic courses and careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edmund Campion Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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