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Chemistry AS and A Level at York College

Course description

Chemistry is fundamental to our understanding of what we and our environment are made of and how living and other natural processes work. Without chemistry we would not have the modern materials essential for making things like mobile phones and digital cameras, our water supplies would be unsafe to drink and agriculture would be less efficient. Even cooking a meal involves chemistry. The world needs chemists to help solve problems such as climate change, and the need to develop new fuels and medicines.

A Level Chemistry builds on the work that you will have done in GCSE Chemistry or Science. You will learn new concepts as well as studying some familiar ideas to a greater depth. It can be a challenging subject but it is also very rewarding.

There will be an emphasis on exploring how chemistry is relevant in our lives and in the world around us. You will learn about the reasons why substances have certain properties and how they react together to make new substances. The application of chemistry in industry and important environmental issues will also be studied.

A variety of ways of learning will be used, including online materials. Practical work to develop skills and reinforce the theory is an important part of A Level Chemistry and the chemistry laboratories at York College are very well equipped.

Entry requirements

You should have a minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE which must include English at grade C (grade 4) and Maths at grade B (grade 5). A grade B in Additional Science or Chemistry is also required. Students studying BTEC Science should consider our Applied Science Level 3 qualification.


Both years are assessed by written examination. However the second year has a practical endorsement that is assessed through practical work conducted over the two year programme.

Future opportunities

A Level Chemistry is a very valuable qualification. It can lead to a wide variety of careers and higher education courses. It is an essential requirement for entry into Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Science, as well as degrees based on Chemistry itself. Chemistry is also a very useful subject for anyone wanting to do a Biology based degree. Past students have gone on to study Medicine, Veterinary Sciences and Natural Sciences, as well as arts subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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