Chemistry, AS-Level

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Course end date:
31 Jul 2018

On the A-Level Chemistry course, you will study for 4 hours per week. You will complete the AS-Level in the first year and the A2 in the second to form a full A-Level.

The course includes a wide range of topics in Chemistry, and will be taught through theory sessions, practical activities, learning games and online activities.

The course can be taken in the following ways:

- As a stand-alone part-time course.

- As an ‘add on’ to a Full Time Level 3 Study Programme at the College, for example alongside a BTEC Extended Diploma.

- As part of a study programme with another two A-Levels (full-time package).

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What will I learn?

The A-Level course covers Physical Inorganic and Organic Chemistry.

Physical chemistry is the study of the atom and why atoms react and bond together and why some reactions are faster and more energetic than others. It also includes the study of oxidation/reduction and acid/base chemical reactions. 

Inorganic chemistry is the study of the periodic table and trends in the physical and chemical properties of elements. We study in detail the properties of Group 2 and Group 7 elements and the transition metals. Later in the course we study the elements in period 3 and explain the wide range in properties of these elements.

Organic chemistry is the study of compounds containing carbon and hydrogen. These compounds are not only crucial in biological systems, but also make up almost all our fuels, plastics, pharmaceuticals, paints and fabrics.

An important part of the course is the development of practical skills.  You will learn how to make up and analyse standard solutions, measure the energy and rate of chemical reactions, synthesis and distill organic compounds, and test for a whole range of different compounds.  Standard. At a more advanced level you will use sophisticated analytical techniques, produce aspirin and investigate electrochemical cells.

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How will I be assessed?

The course will be assessed by examinations at the end of the year.  At the end of the first year, you will take two examinations which will include practical skills, and which will comprise the assessment for AS award (but do not contribute towards the A-Level).

At the end of year 2, you will take three examinations which will include the material covered in year 1; this will comprise the assessment for the A-Level award.

Practical assessments are carried out throughout the two years and comprise of 12 formal practicals, six in the first year and six in the second year.

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Career Opportunities

A-Level Chemistry is an enabling qualification for more degree courses than almost any other A-Level, enabling you to study everything from Sports Medicine to Engineering. This in turn leads on to the widest possible range of career opportunities from Ecology to Energy production, Landscaping to Law.

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Entry requirements

Chemistry requires a student who is willing to ask questions, apply reasoning and logic to problems, is deeply interested in finding out about the world around them and not afraid of a bit of maths!

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above (or 4) in any examined subject. Must include English Language and Maths.

You will also need GCSE Grade B or above (or BB in combined double science).

If you would like to apply for the full-time package (3-4 AS-Levels) please complete a full-time application form.

If you would like to study this course part-time, please contact the tutor:
Stephen Richardson:

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Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on for details. Fees will be confirmed in the Spring Term. More about Student Finance.

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