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Chemistry at Dereham Sixth Form College

Course description

Chemistry is the branch of science that deals with the composition, properties and behaviour of matter. Chemistry studies the atom and the ways in which interactions between atoms are related to the properties of chemical bonds formed between species. Chemists are concerned with the reactions between substances, their accompanying energy exchange and the laws that unite these
phenomena. Chemistry is often referred to as the central science joining together physics, mathematics, biology, medicine, and the earth and environmental sciences.

We aim to develop essential understanding of the concepts in Chemistry, and the skills needed to apply these in new and changing situations. Most laboratory-based jobs benefit from a chemistry qualification and success at Chemistry A level is viewed as a clear indication of sound academic ability. This makes it an excellent subject when applying to university and students with an A level in Chemistry have gone on to study a wide range of subjects - chemical engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, environmental science, accountancy, law, and banking to name a few. Chemistry is a popular and well resourced subject. The quality of teaching and support students receive are reflected in consistently good results. We follow the OCR A specification; a course which combines an effective balance of knowledge, understanding and practical skills.

In the first year students study some key areas of
Chemistry to provide a firm foundation for further

  • Atoms and Reactions, electrons, bonding and structure
  • Periodic Table
  • Basic organic concepts, hydrocarbons, alcohols, halogenalkanes
  • Analysis
  • Energy
  • Resources

In the second year the main chemical concepts are
developed in greater depth.

  • Rings, Polymers
  • Methods of Analysis
  • Chemical synthesis
  • Equilibrium and energetics
  • Transition Elements

Entry requirements

A*-B in Science GCSE. A*-B in Maths GCSE is also desirable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dereham Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 06 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years