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Chemistry GCE A Level Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

Responsible for everything from the air we breathe to the water we drink, chemistry is an integral part of the world. If you want to learn more about how new materials are constructed, how food is made, or how medicines are developed, then this A-Level course is for you. You’ll cover topics across all aspects of the subject, including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry. In your first year, you’ll learn how chemistry affects the environment around us, why space explorations analyse chemicals, what the atomic structure is, and how the Victorians made mirrors! You’ll look at organic molecules, exploring how plastics are made, how alcohol ferments and how cleaner fuels are being developed. In physical chemistry, you’ll focus on thermodynamics and bases buffers, whilst in inorganic chemistry you’ll see how ions react with elements in the periodic table. Throughout the course, you’ll be completing a series of practical experiments to build on the theory you’re learning, developing the scientific logic to critically assess a wide range of issues in the community and the world!

Entry requirements

To enrol on this A-Level Chemistry course, you’ll need to have GCSEs in a range of subjects. You should have a grade B in both GCSE Core and Additional Science, or a grade B in GCSE Chemistry and one other science. You’ll also need a B or above in Maths, a C or above in English, and at least two other GCSE qualifications at grade C or above. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements


You’ll be learning in a laboratory environment throughout this course, using both theory and practical work. Assessment will take the form of three exams at the end of the two years, though will also take two exams after your AS-Level year for a separate qualification. Your practical skills will be continually assessed throughout the course, leading to a separate practical accreditation.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

A Chemistry A-Level opens up a huge range of degree choices at a number of universities. You could go on to study anything from Environmental Science to Metallurgy, Food Science to Toxicology. There are a number of a different job roles and career opportunities you can follow too, as a result of a chemistry-based qualification. Link to Careers. You could find yourself working as a pharmacist or dentist, a chemical engineer or a forensic scientist – the choice is yours!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 December 2018
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    • Shena Simon Campus is a vibrant sixth form centre in the heart of Manchester. The campus offers a full range of A levels and is well known for its excellent performing arts and music courses. It has industry standard media facilities and two theatres.

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      • Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre
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