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Chemistry A Level at Farnham College

Course description

Chemistry is everywhere. We cannot live without it! During this two year course, you will learn about the atmosphere, plastics, extracting elements and fuels.

This course is suitable for those who want to explore Chemistry at a higher level and who enjoy the challenge of solving problems and learning in the context of experimental investigation and who plan to study science further in, for instance, areas of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or chemical engineering.

As well as, studying medicines, colour and the oceans. We review and build on GCSE knowledge in the early units. There are plenty of experiments in this course and, together with other activities, they help you understand the topics.

We regularly exceed national pass rates.

Lectures, group discussions and experimental work help develop your understanding of the subject and improve your analytical and practical skills.

Course content

The Salter’s Chemistry course is split into a number of themes. Each theme is supported by materials for students.

There are three parts:

  • storylines provides the settings within which chemistry and skills are developed;
  • chemical ideas provide the underlying chemical principles
  • and activities provide practical work research exercises, group discussions, chemical puzzles, student presentations etc.

Your work will be based around the chemical storylines text and activities; and when new concepts are introduced you will be referred to chemical ideas.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths, English and Chemistry (or another Science subject) at grade B or above


Coursework and exam.

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Protective clothing is lent to the students but many buy their own lab coat and eye protection.

We recommend that students buy their own copy of the text books, although loan copies are available to borrow.

Trips are organised to local universities and industries to give students an insight to future opportunities available to them.


Future opportunities

Degrees or careers in chemistry, chemical engineering, medicine, veterinary science, pharmacology or the environment.

As well as going on to work as scientists, former Farnham College chemists are following careers as varied as law, archaeology and commerce.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 June 2016
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