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Chemistry A Level Linear at City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College

Course description

Chemistry studies the composition, structure, properties, change and reactions of matter. It is integral to our understanding of the natural world around us; from pharmaceuticals to sports equipment, fireworks to food safety, chemistry is all around us.p>

Course content

Topics you will study:

  • Module 1- The practical endorsement: You will complete 12 assessed practical tasks over the two years and your practical skills will be assessed in the 3 exams you sit.
  • Module 2 - Foundations in Chemistry: This module will look in detail at atoms, molecules and equations.
  • Module 3 - Periodic Table and Energy: This module looks in depth at the patterns of the periodic table, as well as the behaviour of key groups
  • Module 4 - Core Organic Chemistry: This module studies the basic concepts of organic chemistry.
  • Module 5 - Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements: This module looks in detail at Transition Elements.
  • Module 6 - Organic Chemistry and Analysis This module provides an in-depth knowledge of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Synthesis.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs grade A-C, preferably including Maths and English. This is a guideline rather than a requirement and the college will create a programme most suitable for you as an individual.


Awarding Body: OCR


  • 3 Exams
  • 12 Assessed Practical Tasks (over two years)

Results 2016: 100%

Financial information

This course is free to students aged 16-19 years old

Future opportunities

Chemistry opens the door to a vast range of university courses and career paths as it is a facilitating A Level. * It is essential if you are interested in going into a Medical career, for example Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biomedical Science... It is also an excellent, sometimes compulsory, course if you are considering Forensic Science.

The following are just a selection of some of the other career paths you could choose if you study Chemistry A Level: Radiography, Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Geology, Engineering, Law, Finance, Nursing, Archaeology... The list goes on.

Further information

Since 2000, A Levels have been MODULAR courses, which means that exams have been taken in the first and second year of the course. In the past, the first year, or AS year, has contributed to 50% of the overall A Level grade and the remaining 50% contributed to the overall grade at the end of the second year of study.

From September 2015, Chemistry will change and become LINEAR. This means that all exams will be taken at the end of two years of study. The philosophy of the reform is that the rigour of A levels will not change and in the main the breadth and depth of content will not change. These changes aim to prepare young people better for the demands of employment and further study. They will give pupils, parents, teachers, universities and employers greater confidence in the integrity and reliability of our qualifications system.

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Careers Personal Adviser in school or speak to your teachers. Attend a college Open Evening and chat to our teaching staff, college careers staff and Liaison Team

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2016
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