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Chemistry AS & A Level at St Vincent College

Course description

In this course you will study key chemical ideas such as bonding, rates of reaction and chemical equilibrium and focus on how chemistry shapes and impacts upon the world around us, through topics such as The Atmosphere, Medicines and Designer Polymers.

Learning is through a wide range of activities including practical work, presentations and molecular modelling.

Course content

The Chemistry course is divided into the following core units:

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Mathematics for Chemistry
  • Practical laboratory techniques

On this course you will learn about the fundamentals of chemistry, such as atomic structure, chemical bonding, organic chemistry and intermolecular forces. Lessons are activity-based and include practical work, designing experiments, data-handling, problem solving and identifying trends and making predictions. Some activities are designed to develop your study skills, particularly note-taking and making summaries and carrying out research using secondary sources.
Lessons are taught within the context of the world around us i.e. developing fuels for the future and understanding the greenhouse effect.

Chemistry is a highly demanding academic course requiring high level skills in the disciplines of both Science and Mathematics.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A* – C, including English Language grade C or above, Double Science or Chemistry grade B or above and Mathematics


100% examination

Future opportunities

  • Higher Education for a degree course in Chemistry
  • Higher Education for dentistry, engineering, biology, food science, forensic science, pharmacy, veterinary science, medicine
  • To employment in occupations associated with the above

Further information

Enrichment Opportunities:

  • STEM club

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 September 2016

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