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Chemistry A Level at Bishop Stopford's School

Course description

Our knowledge of chemicals has revolutionised the way in which we live. Think of polymers and paracetamol, of dioxins and nanotechnology. Society relies on the chemist to discover new drugs, monitor the atmosphere for pollution, provide forensic evidence and to develop a range of new materials such as polymers, fertilisers, semi-conductors and plastics.


Course content

The course will help develop a clear understanding of the ways in which substances interact, and the reasons behind many chemical and biological reactions. You can expect to:

• Learn how materials behave and react at the atomic level and understand the synthesis of polymers such as nylon and PVC.

 • Understand how medicines and drugs affect the body at the molecular level.

• Become familiar with modern analytical techniques such as MRI which have been responsible for major advances in medicine.

The A level course is linear in style with two years of study leading to the final examinations. However, AS will still make up the first year (Year 1) of the full A Level qualification.

There is a substantial component of practical chemistry embedded in the course. This is examined as part of the written papers, there are no coursework marks contributing to the final A Level grade.

In Year 1 there are four modules to be studied:

  • Development of practical skills
  • Foundations in chemistry
  • Periodic table and energy
  • Core organic chemistry

Year 2 leads to the full A Level with two further modules:

  • Physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Organic chemistry and analysis

To continue to A2 Level students will need to have been successful in Year 1.

Entry requirements

At least Grade B in GCSE in both Core and Additional Science. In addition they should have gained at least a Grade B in GCSE in Mathematics.

Future opportunities

Studying chemistry to this level will open doors to many career opportunities, not only is it essential for studying Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Chemistry or any related science course at degree level, but it is also highly regarded for many other career paths. The course develops scientific thinking and critique, it requires an enquiring mind and builds numeracy skills. All of these skills are becoming increasingly invaluable in a vast range of sectors including engineering, software design, business and consultancy to name a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Stopford's School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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