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Chemistry AS & A Level at NewVIc

Course description

Chemistry impacts all facets of our lives. We all experience chemical reactions, whether breathing, baking a cake, driving a car or using a mobile phone. It is concerned with all aspects of molecules, their physical and chemical properties, their composition and structure, their synthesis and use in the 21st century.

Course content

The course will focus on:

  • foundations in Chemistry
  • periodic table and energy
  • Organic Chemistry and analysis
  • Physical Chemistry and transition elements

On the course you will:

  • complete a unit that bridges GCSE and A-level, to ensure you have the necessary basic understanding
  • develop your practical skills within an academic laboratory
  • attend lectures and conferences

Chemistry is a challenging A-level subject, and if you hope to study it, you will need to demonstrate a strong academic ability.

Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs (A*-C) in academic subjects, with an average GCSE score of 6 or above. These must include English and Mathematics (grades 9-6) and either GCSE Chemistry grade B, BB minimum in core and Additional Science, or BBB minimum in Triple Science. If you are studying GCSE Applied Science or Level 2 BTEC Science, you will not be able to take Science A-levels, but could study Level 3 BTEC in Medical Science (Applied Science) or Level 3 BTEC in Forensic Science (Applied Science).


Units are internally assessed practicals and written exams.

Future opportunities

Studying Chemistry will provide you with an important foundation for science-based degree courses and careers. It will also equip you with transferable skills that will enable you to progress to other subjects.

If you wish to study Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Physiotherapy or other medicine-related degrees at university, you will need a high grade at A-level Chemistry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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    • Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) is London's largest sixth form college, offering full-time courses for 16 to 19-year-olds. NewVIc offers over 50 A Level subjects, 31 level 2 and 3 vocational programmes, as well as foundation, entry level and ESOL programmes.

      It is a diverse and friendly learning community, with an outstanding record of achievement. In 2013, 767 students progressed to university (91% of all applicants); 130 students gained places at the most selective universities, including 60 at Russell Group universities.

      The NewVIc Honours Programme is unique and provides academically gifted students with specialist pathways, a tailored curriculum and support for progression to the most selective universities.

      NewVIc has excellent sports facilities and is one of four London colleges accredited with Sports Leadership status. The college's extra-curricular enrichment programme is aimed at developing employability and leadership skills through various activities including mentoring, the Student Union and volunteering in the community.