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Chemistry A Level at Torquay Boys Grammar School

Course description

The aims of the course are to encourage students to:

- develop an interest in, and an enthusiasm for chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers in chemistry.
- develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to each other;
- appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

An A Level in Chemistry is highly regarded for the analytical thinking skills it encourages. A high grade is likely to be regarded as evidence for a student’s intellectual ability to work with abstract ideas to solve problems of a challenging nature. This is a valuable transferable skill.

Chemistry university graduates usually go on to high status employment or further education. 30% undergo postgraduate training for a higher degree, for example a doctorate. Of those taking employment, 70% enter a professional role in science or in other disciplines such as management, business, law or education.

Course content

The course will comprise of six modules. These modules cover major disciplines of chemistry, namely physical, inorganic and organic. This involves studying chemical reactions and why they happen, primarily looking for patterns of structure and behaviour.

Module 1 Development of Practical Skills
Module 2 Foundations in Chemistry
Module 3 Periodic Table and Energy
Module 4 Core Organic Chemistry
Module 5 Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
Module 6 Organic Chemistry and Analysis

Entry requirements

GCSE Chemistry Grade A or Additional Science Grade A


Students will be examined on all modules at the end of the course. They will also be expected to qualify for an endorsement of their practical skills developed over the two-year course.

Students are required to study conscientiously and independently; they take upon themselves responsibility for maintaining high standards of classwork and homework and asking for help when necessary. They need to be able to keep structured notes with only a little guidance, to take an active part in class activities and to organise their practical work taking possible risks into account.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Torquay Boys Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 April 2017

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