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Chemistry Edexcel A Level at Lea Valley High School

Course description

This course provides students with detailed knowledge of the composition of matter and transferrable skills. The course enables students to relate chemical concepts and skills to real life applications such as the use of cisplatin in cancer research and treatment and the general importance of the coordination chemistry of transition metals and other ligands such as EDTA.

Course content

The department follows the AQA specification which is traditional in style, but offers ample opportunity for experimental work. The course content extend and develop the key ideas from GCSE Chemistry and introduce modern concepts. The emphasis of the syllabus is on the relevance of the subject to everyday life and it is therefore an interesting and dynamic course.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE A* - C including Mathematics at a grade B or better and English Language at grade C or better
  • GCSE Core and Additional Science at grade BB or better or Triple Science at grade BB or better

Future opportunities

A Level Chemistry students have progressed onto courses in Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Medicine, Engineering, and the various Allied Health professional courses such Radiography. The numeracy, literacy and problem solving skills which are developed during the course make it possible for students to branch into any other field of study or work.

Further information

Further Reading:

The Periodic Kingdom - Peter Atkins

Better Looking, Better Living, Better Loving: How Chemistry Can Help You Achieve Life’s Goals - John Emsley

Bad Science - Ben Goldacre

The Chemistry of Fireworks ‐ Michael S Russell

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lea Valley High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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