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Chemistry A Level at WQE

Course description

Chemistry is all around us. As a fundamental science it has a profound impact on our planet and is involved in nearly every facet of everyday life. Almost every new technological change and important discovery has its foundation in chemistry. Everyday materials such as drugs, dyes, plastics, agrochemicals, detergents, paints and cosmetics are the result of chemical research.
 
The study of Chemistry provides a stimulating insight into this material world in which we live. The A-level course builds upon the knowledge of Chemistry introduced through the Science GCSE and aims to stimulate interest and enjoyment of the subject. Scientific principles and concepts are explored both practically and theoretically.

Course content

Chemistry is all around us. As a fundamental science it has a profound impact on our planet and is involved in nearly every facet of everyday life. Almost every new technological change and important discovery has its foundation in chemistry. Everyday materials such as drugs, dyes, plastics, agrochemicals, detergents, paints and cosmetics are the result of chemical research.

The study of Chemistry provides a stimulating insight into this material world in which we live. The A-level course builds upon the knowledge of Chemistry introduced through the Science GCSE and aims to stimulate interest and enjoyment of the subject. Scientific principles and concepts are explored both practically and theoretically.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard College entry requirements (see below), this course also requires students to have achieved grade 66 or above in GCSE Combined Science (both Higher Tier) or a minimum of 655 in the separate sciences which should include grade 6 or above in Chemistry. A minimum of grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and grade 5 in English Language is also normally required.

Assessment

The A-level is examined at the end of the second year with three papers. A separate endorsement is given for successful completion of practical work during the course.

Future opportunities

The course provides an excellent basis for further study and employment. The vast majority of students progress to a wide range of degree courses ranging from Law to Engineering. A-level Chemistry is essential for entry to degree courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering in addition to Chemistry itself. Many opportunities exist within the chemical and pharmaceutical industries for employment in research and development, quality assurance, marketing, sales and management. Many chemists are employed in service industries such as forensic science, pollution control, environmental health and hospital laboratories. A degree in Chemistry can gain access to other employment such as accountancy, management and teaching.

Further information

For further information please visit our website www.wqe.ac.uk or see our prospectus.

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: 15 November 2018
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Web url: www.wqe.ac.uk

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