Chemistry AS & A Level at Durham Sixth Form Centre
The course aims to develop an awareness of the link between theory and experiment as well as the responsible use of scientific knowledge and evidence. It also aims to encourage students to appreciate the contribution of Chemistry to society.
Students will study the three branches of Chemistry: Organic, Inorganic and Physical.
Lessons are a mixture of theory and practical work. There is a strong emphasis on explaining the outcome of practical work using the theory learned. Progress is monitored throughout the course using cumulative progress assessments and mock exams.
There are a range of courses and pathways available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have the minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent). In addition, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. Students who do not achieve a grade C or above (or numerical equivalent) in GCSE English and/or mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects at Durham Sixth Form Centre.
If you do not meet our entry requirements but are still keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.
Both AS and A-level are linear courses,with assessment 100% by exam.
- Paper 1 - Inorganic, Physical and practical techniques (50%)
- Paper 2 – Organic, Physical and practical techniques (50%)
- Paper 1 – Inorganic and Physical (35%)
- Paper 2 – Organic and Physical (35%)
- Paper 3 – Practical, data handling and synopsis (30%)
A-level Chemistry is an essential requirement for many university courses in medicine, dentistry, chemistry, veterinary sciences and pharmacology and is a useful basis for the study of many aspects of both biological and physical sciences. A-level Chemistry is also of benefit if you wish to apply for courses in forensic science, environmental or geological sciences, biochemistry, engineering and finance-related degrees.
Chemistry complements study in both Physics and Biology. Due to the mathematical content in the specification, it is strongly advised that students study at least Level 3 Core Mathematics or AS Mathematics.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Sixth Form Centre directly.