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Chemistry AS/A Level at The College of Richard Collyer

Course description

Chemistry is a subject of huge importance nationally and globally. In the UK alone the chemical industry contributes 21% to GDP and supports over 6 million jobs. Chemistry is an exciting and dynamic discipline that aims to provide solutions at the atomic level. Advanced chemical knowledge and skills are required to meet the demands of a vast range of challenges facing mankind. The development of new therapeutic drugs, diagnostic medical tests, forensic methods and specialised materials called for by new technologies all require chemists. Arguably the greatest challenge of the modern world is meeting our growing energy needs, chemistry will undoubtedly play a key role in finding a solution.

During the Autumn term of first year of study students will tackle the essentials of formulae writing, equation construction and a range of chemistry calculations. During the Spring and Summer terms students will explore concepts in organic chemistry, physical chemistry and green chemistry. By the end of their first year students will have amassed sufficient chemical understanding to synthesise and analyse their own aspirin.

In their second year students will spend the Autumn term building on organic chemistry learned during their first year, followed by more advanced concepts and calculations in physical and inorganic chemistry in the Spring and Summer terms.

Various trips take place throughout the course including: days at both Surrey and Sussex University Chemistry departments, UCL X-ray crystallography department and the Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire. In addition during the summer term of the first year, all students are invited to take part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.

Entry requirements

BBB in Single Award GCSE Sciences / BB in Double Award GCSE Science and a B in GCSE Maths

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The College of Richard Collyer directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years