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Chemistry A Level at New College Nottingham

Course description

Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure, properties and change of the matter which makes up our world. You will study the world right down to its molecular and atomic structure, discovering more about the elements and compounds which surround us in our daily lives. 

Cooking is chemistry. Everything you can touch or taste or smell is a chemical. Chemistry explains why detergent works better in hot water and how one pain killer will be better than another if you’ve got a headache. It enables you to understand the world around you on a deeper level.

Famous chemists include Nobel Prize winning Marie Curie who discovered  Radium and Polonium, Louis Pasteur who created early vaccines for anthrax and rabies and Alfred Nobel who invented dynamite and went on to give his name to one of the most prestigious prizes in the world.

This course will give you a great theoretical base, but will also cover the practical application of chemistry in our everyday lives.

Course content

This is a lively, fresh approach to chemistry. You’ll learn how chemistry relates to all our lives and cover a range of learning activities including; presentations, debate and independent learning as well as practical work.

Topics include: foundations of chemistry and chemistry in depth; fundamentals of chemistry; scientific literacy in chemistry; practical skills in chemistry in addition a non-exam assessment; practical endorsement for chemistry.

Entry requirements

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including at least grade C in English Language, at least grade B in Maths, and at least grade B in Additional Science or Chemistry. GCSE Applied Science or BTEC Science are not accepted.


You’ll undertake examinations and a separately accredited teacher assessment replaces the traditional coursework at A Level but not at AS Level.

Future opportunities

You could progress to a related higher education course such as medicine, agriculture, materials technology, energy, pharmacy, physiotherapy or chemical biochemistry. 

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Nottingham directly.

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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    • The original High Pavement Grammar School was established in 1788 and it wasn't until 1975 that it turned from grammar school into a sixth form centre. In 1999 the centre merged with New College Nottingham and since then has occupied a prime position on the edge of Nottingham Trent University's City campus, giving our A Level students a real insight into University life, before they've even got there.

      High Pavement is home to ncn's A Level courses and with 30 or so to choose from, our students have variety and choice, as well as great on site facilities, fantastic tutors and amazing opportunities during their time with us. Overseas trips, one-to-one support with UCAS personal statements and guest speakers from the UK's top Universities are the norm here at High Pavement and that's why our students tell us time and time again that coming to High Pavement has opened their mind to opportunities and experiences they never knew existed.