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Chemistry *FEES PAYABLE* at Clifton College

Course description

Chemistry is available at both AS and A2 levels. Those who intend to study the subject at A-level need to have achieved the minimum of an A grade at GCSE Chemistry or in both GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science. A reasonable knowledge of Mathematics is required, so it is a requirement that an A grade at least has been obtained at GCSE in that subject.

The most important factor is enthusiasm! Anyone who is keen on the subject should succeed provided that he or she works hard. Many who take Chemistry choose it simply because they enjoy the subject, though it is important to realise that Chemistry is an essential subject for those who intend to take Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry or Pharmacy at University. It is also first on the list of priorities for those intent on any course involving Biochemistry, Medical Sciences or Environmental Science.

Course content

We have chosen the new OCR Chemistry course which closely matches our current A level choice. Not only does it follow on easily from the GCSE course but it provides an excellent grounding in the subject for those thinking of studying Chemistry at University. There is no coursework but rather ability is assessed by completion of a minimum of 12 core practicals. Below is the scheme of units showing the content and duration of exams.

Assessment

AS Modules

1. Breadth in chemistry

Examination 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS

2. Depth in chemistry

Examination 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS

 

A2 Modules

1. Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry

Examination 2 hours 15 minutes, 37% of A Level

2. Synthesis and analytical techniques

Examination 2 hours 15 minutes, 37% of A Level

3. Unified chemistry

Examination 1 hour 30 minutes, 26% of A Level

4. Practical endorsement for chemistry

Internally assessed

Financial information

**FEES PAYABLE**

Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.

Future opportunities

Apart from university courses for which Chemistry is essential, it is also an excellent back-up subject for those considering Engineering and Biological Sciences. It is also a suitable stand-alone AS or A2 subject for those who wish to focus mainly on Arts subjects but who wish to continue with one Science.

Further information

The Chemistry department has outstandingly good resources in terms of laboratory facilities, technical assistance, apparatus, ICT and data logging equipment. The Stone Library, a dedicated science library, has a superb collection of books and periodicals. Clinics are held in the library each Tuesday evening by a member of the Chemistry Department from 7:30 to 9:00 pm for anyone wishing to have some extra help or tuition.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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    • ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.