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Chemistry A-Level at Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College

Course description

You might aspire to discover a new life-saving drug or help solve an environmental problem. You will be interested in the scientific method, the molecular structure and behaviour of materials, their interactions and the ways chemicals are used in industry.

Many students of chemistry go on to scientific degrees and to a broad range of careers, from medicine, pharmacy and veterinary science to finance, law, the media, engineering, forensic science and art restoration. Chemistry opens many doors.

In chemistry you will develop a range of skills through a variety of learning experiences and be encouraged to ask questions of yourself. The course covers the chemicals important for life and medicine, fuels, chemistry of the sea and, atmosphere, polymers and modern materials and some industrial processes.

Concepts are introduced within a relevant context and aim to convey the excitement of contemporary chemistry by focusing on the ways in which chemistry is used and the work that chemists do. You will be taught through a mixture of practical and theoretical work.

Entry requirements

Grade C or better in GCSE Maths and either: grade A* or A in GCSE English, plus at least 3 other C grades or better at GCSE or: grade B in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.2 or better from at least 5 GCSEs or: grade C in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.5 or better from at least 5 GCSEs.

Subject Specific

To study chemistry at this level you need to have a grade B or better in GCSE Chemistry or grade B or better in GCSE Additional Science, having studied for the higher tier papers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 28 May 2015
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    • 1. Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs for the A590 and Barrow (33 miles).
      2. After 25 miles pass through Ulverston and then the villages of Swarthmoor and Lindal.
      3. At the third roundabout after this take the first exit, signposted Furness General Hospital and Furness Abbey.
      4. At the next roundabout take the second exit.
      5. Pass Abbey House Hotel on the left and take the first turning on the left into Rating Lane.
      6. The College is 400 yards down Rating Lane on the left hand side.