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Chemistry A Level at Guildford College

Course description

An ideal course if you are interested in science and thinking about pursuing a career in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry or chemical engineering.

Chemistry focuses on atomic structure, compounds and their properties and reactivity. There are plenty of practical experiments on this course, which will help you understand topics including atomic structure, equations and moles, organic chemistry, energetics, transition metals and laboratory chemistry.

The course will be delivered by lectures, group discussions and experimental work to help develop you understanding of the subject and improve your analytical and practical skills.

You should have an analytical mind and good mathematical skills. You should also have some technical knowledge (computers) and good computer habits. This course is ideal for those who are interested in understanding and contributing to the world around them, thus enjoying carrying out investigations by application of imaginative, logical and critical thinking.

Course content

Unit 1

  • Provides opportunities for students to develop the basic chemical skills of formulae writing, equation writing and calculating chemical quantities.
  • In this unit the students will also learn to define measure and calculate enthalpy changes. The unit introduces the three types of strong chemical bonding namely, ionic, covalent and metallic. Organic chemistry is also examined.

Unit 2

  • The nature and effects of intermediate types of bonding and intermediate forces are explored.
  • The unit develops a largelly qualitative understanding of the methods in which chemists can control the rate, direction and extent of chemical change. Aspects of green chemistry and climate change are also studied.

Unit 3

  • Contains practical assessments that cover the contents of Unit 1 and 2.
  • The types of practical and the students must complete are qualitative observations, measurements and preparations.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at C or above, including Maths and BB in Double Science or Chemistry.



Future opportunities

  • Degree in chemical engineering, medicine, dentistry, veterinary or forensic science, pharmacology or biochemistry.
  • Careers as a chemist, environmental consultant or laboratory technician.

Further information

All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Guildford College directly.

Last updated date: 16 June 2016
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