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Chemistry A Level at Weymouth College

Course description

In contrast to the traditional 'topic-based' approach, this Chemistry A Level is 'context-led'. Chemical concepts are introduced within a relevant context, the course being written as a series of units based on contemporary issues in chemistry.

Course content

AS Units • Chemistry for Life: Elements of Life and Developing Fuels • Chemistry of Natural Resources: Elements from the Sea, The Atmosphere, Polymer Revolution • Chemistry in Practice.
A2 Units • Chemistry of Materials: What’s in a Medicine? The Materials Revolution, The Thread of Life, The Steel Story • Chemistry by Design: Agriculture and Industry, Colour by Design, The Oceans, Medicines by Design • Chemistry Individual Investigation – you will carry out a single investigation taken from any aspect of chemistry.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs A – C including Maths and English, unless otherwise stated at interview for specific subjects requirements.


You will be assessed by a combination of written assignments and internal assessment with exams for each unit. You will be assessed in five skills areas: competence, measurement, analysis and evaluation, observation and interpretation.

Future opportunities

Chemistry itself (and the related subject, Biochemistry) offers a variety of careers. A degree course in Chemistry is offered by most British universities. More specialised careers such as those in forensic science also require a background in chemistry. It is also an essential requirement for the study of medicine. Students who completed this course have gained places on courses such as BSc (Hons) Chemistry, BSc (Hons) Maths and Statistics and BSc (Hons) Geology at the University of Surrey, Birmingham University and Royal Holloway London.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 June 2016
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