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Chemistry AS/A2 at Islington Sixth Form Consortium (IC6)

Course description

Over the two years of this challenging and demanding course you will study chemistry in a contemporary context. You will be involved in a wide range of practical and theoretical work developing your understanding of the relevance of science beyond the laboratory and gaining practical and data analysis skills you will need to study science at higher levels.

You will study aspects of chemistry that are often in the media and affect our lives. Our course produces students that have the necessary knowledge and understanding to explain many different aspects of the world around them through contemporary chemistry. These areas include: climate change, green chemistry, and pharmaceuticals.

The qualification covers the fundamental key concepts of chemistry needed for progression into higher education and employment. The course has been streamlined to allow you enough time to study the units in depth and ensure an enjoyable teaching and learning experience.

Entry requirements

6 GCSEs at Grade C or above. There is plenty of mathematical calculations in chemistry, as well as some long answer questions on the exam. Your GCSE's must therefore include:
* Maths: B
* English: B
* BB in double award GCSE science or BBB in triple award GCSE science.


80% examination, 20% coursework.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is essential for anyone wishing to study chemistry, medicine, pharmacology and dentistry. It is recommended for any student wanting to study biology, biotechnology, forensic science or genetic studies. AS level or A level in chemistry is also highly respected, and recognised as an excellent qualification for anyone wishing to study non-scientific subjects including law and economics, due to the problem solving skills you develop on this course.

Further information

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Islington Sixth Form Consortium (IC6) directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Contact name:
    • Islington Consortium Office
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 7017 3040
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