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Chemistry A Level at Vision West Nottinghamshire College

Course description

An A Level in chemistry will help you to build and develop your knowledge of chemical principles through a combination of practical and theory-based work.

Chemistry has a huge impact on our lives. From the development of new medicines and electronic gadgets to how we control levels of pollution or identify materials in outer space, the study of chemistry plays an important role in the modern world.

You will learn to:

  • Describe, explain and interpret phenomena and effects in terms of chemical principles and concepts
  • Carry out relevant calculations and interpret data
  • Assess the validity of chemical information, experiments, inferences and statements
  • Interpret, explain, evaluate and communicate the results of your experimental and investigative activities
  • Identify any hazards in the chemicals to be used or made, or in the procedures to be followed.

Course content

An A Level in chemistry will help you to build and develop your knowledge of the three main areas of chemistry (physical, organic and inorganic) through a good mix of practical and theory based work. Core areas will include linking atomic structure to the chemical and physical properties of materials, investigating factors which affect the rate and energy changes of a chemical reaction, and synthesising complex organic molecules from simple precursors.

There are two examinations for AS Level and three for A Level. The full A Level grade is based upon the three final year exams only.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least 4 points (grade C) including: grade BB in science (BBS if doing triple science - with one B in chemistry) and with 5 points (grade B) in maths.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course.


A Level certification is awarded upon completion of three examinations at the end of the two year course. A certificate of practical competence if also awarded upon completion of twelve required practical tasks during the course.

Future opportunities

A Levels are an essential qualification for progression onto university or onto an academic career. These qualifications are also recognised by prospective employers.

The Chemistry A Level can lead on to degree courses such as forensic science, veterinary science, medicine, chemical engineering or a degree related to the study of health. The skills and knowledge developed on this course can forge a career for you in fields such as pharmaceutical research, nursing, physiotherapy and veterinary medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Vision West Nottinghamshire College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016

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