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Chemistry at The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe

Course description

Why does salt dissolve in water but not in alcohol?
Why does vodka not freeze when put in a freezer?
Do you want to know why some reactions occur and others do not?
Do you enjoy practical work?

The A Level Chemistry course enables you to study aspects of chemistry often in the media and how they affect your lives. It is important students have the necessary knowledge and understanding to explain many aspects of contemporary chemistry. These areas include climate change, green chemistry, pharmaceuticals and research chemistry. The course gives the student a good understanding of the basic principles of the subject and introduces modern techniques that are used in industry.

For those not yet committed to a specific career path, Chemistry in combination with Mathematics, Physics, Geography or Biology keeps open a very wide set of options. Chemistry is asked for in University applications for a very wide range of subjects. Even for students not using Chemistry for their degree course, obtaining a Chemistry A Level is well respected by employers.

Course content

The first year of this two year A Level course will follow on from the GCSE and many topics already covered, such as atomic structure and bonding, will be studied in greater depth. The course will also cover in greater depth such topics as equilibrium which have been studied at GCSE.


Entry requirements

Grade A in Chemistry or a high Grade B within 5 UMS marks of an A Grade Grade A/A in Science and Additional Science

Future opportunities

An understanding of Chemistry is necessary for a wide range of careers, e.g. Pharmacy, Agriculture, Horticulture, Geochemistry, Geology, Industrial Chemistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Environmental Science, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy, General Engineering, Microbiology, Biotechnology and Biochemistry

There are now courses at several universities where the Science is taken along with a Foreign Language and one year of the course is spent in a European university. There are also courses available where students spend a year of their study at an American, European or Australian university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015
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