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Chemistry A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Chemistry?
Chemistry is the study of substances, what they are made of, how they interact and what role they play in living things. Everything you see around you involves chemistry in some way! Chemists provide many of the materials of everyday life, together with the knowledge to improve healthcare and to appreciate and tackle
major environmental problems that face us all.

As the central science, chemistry underpins other disciplines such as biology and geology. It can be highly creative, for example when designing new molecules with unique properties. In the fight against diseases like cancer, malaria and Aids where would we be without chemists? Knowledge of chemistry will give you a greater understanding of the world we live in and could lead to a career rich in challenge, variety and opportunity.

You will be encouraged to participate in competitions such as the RSC Analytical Competition. There are also opportunities to attend conferences, revision days and university taster events.

What will I study?

  • Foundation Chemistry
  • Chemistry in Action
  • Practical skills assessments
  • Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry
  • Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

What can I study it with?
Chemistry can be studied with any other subject. However, it combines particularly well with Biology, Mathematics and Geography.

Career opportunities
Chemistry is an essential subject for those wishing to study medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy and dentistry. If you are considering entry to degree courses in biology, biological sciences, engineering, geology or geography you are also strongly advised to include Chemistry as one of your choices. It is a highly regarded subject and useful for entry into a wide range of professions. Apart from excellent career prospects within chemistry itself, its graduates are found in careers as varied as banking and accountancy, law, sport, publishing and art restoration.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- B, including:

Grade B in English Language, Grade B in Mathematics and Grade B in Chemistry or Science & Additional Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September