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Chemistry AS level at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School

Course description

Chemistry is the central science and impacts on all facets of our lives. 

An understanding of chemistry is necessary to all other sciences from astronomy to zoology. All of the materials used by engineers and technologists are made by chemical reactions and we all experience chemical reactions continuously, whether it be breathing or baking a cake, driving a car or listening to a battery driven minidisk player. Chemistry is concerned with all aspects of molecules, their physical and chemical properties, their composition and structure, their synthesis and use in the 21st century.

The AS course in Chemistry is intended to be the first part of a full A level qualification and as such there is a high level of demand. The first two units and practical assessment are completed in Year 12 leading to an AS Qualification.

Entry requirements

It is anticipated that students intending to study A level chemistry will have followed the Dual Science Award at GCSE and have achieved at least a grade C. A sound knowledge of mathematics is also necessary and again a grade C at GCSE should be achieved prior to studying A level Chemistry.

Future opportunities

A Chemistry A level gives you an excellent qualification for a wide career choice within science, industry or commerce as well as being necessary to study medicine. 

A chemistry student is numerate, analytical, and practical with good problem solving, presentation and communication skills.Jobs are to be found in small, medium and multinational chemical companies as well as in business, banking, accountancy, marketing, advertising, teaching, and the IT sector. Of course, you may decide to continue studying chemistry.

Some graduates opt to do research for a further period of one to three years for a higher degree.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ellesmere Port Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September


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