Chemistry at Runshaw College
Why should I come to Runshaw to study Chemistry?
A Level Chemistry provides skills that are of use in many areas of employment and is routinely required for progression onto numerous higher educational courses.
Our students have consistently achieved A* to B grades above the national average for Chemistry. In their last report Ofsted rated us as having outstanding teaching and learning. Our teachers are dynamic and highly committed to your success. We have large, modern, well-equipped laboratories and all students are provided with a supportive study environment.
Enrichment takes various forms in Chemistry. We have competitions, trips and talks by visiting speakers, whilst we have also developed strong links with many top universities and throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to visit these universities to attend exciting lectures, practical sessions and open days.
The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 68% of students achieving A*-B grades, with 41% being A*-A grades.
What will I study?
There are three main areas of study:
- Organic Chemistry: the study of the compounds of carbon. These compounds are used to make a vast range of useful products – plastics, fuels, pharmaceuticals, food and all living things
- Physical Chemistry: the ‘hows and whys’ of chemistry, the study of reactions as a whole and how they behave
- Inorganic Chemistry: the chemistry of all the elements in the periodic table, their reactions and the compounds that they form
For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.
For Chemistry specifically, this should include:
- Grade 6 in Maths; AND
- Grade 66 in Combined Science OR Grade 6 in Chemistry
Please note students must also enrol onto another Science subject: Biology, Physics, Geology, or Maths.
How is the course assessed?
Two written theory examinations are carried out at the end of Year 1, and two written theory examinations are carried out at the end of Year 2, which covers the whole two years for the A Level qualification. The practical aspects of both courses are examined by written theory papers.
No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.
What will this course prepare me for?
A Level Chemistry provides skills that are of use in many areas of employment and is routinely required for progression onto numerous higher educational courses including: Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and many more!
Where are you going?
- Chemical Engineer
Which subjects complement this A Level?
Our website also contains up to date further information on all courses that we offer. Please visit https://www.runshaw.ac.uk/courses.
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.