Chemistry A' Level focuses on developing and expanding the knowledge and practical skills gained at GCSE, to explain why things happen (e.g. why does a rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide mean that the coral reefs are being destroyed; why are certain compounds pretty colours and why can they change colour; why do CFCs destroy the ozone layer?).
During the AS Chemistry course we study the following topics: Atomic structure, rates of reaction, oxidation and reduction (redox) reactions, chemical bonding, energetics, the chemistry of different groups on the Periodic table, the chemistry of different groups of organic (carbon-based) compounds and how they are analysed by chemists.
During A2 Chemistry the above topics are returned to and studied in more detail.
Throughout the course you will also be given the opportunity to practice, develop and perfect different practical skills., such as using a titration to accurately calculate the concentration of ethanoic acid in vinegar, deciding which fuel releases the most heat energy and investigating which factors affect the rate of a chemical reaction.
5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including a 6 in Chemistry and Maths
After Your Course
This course will contribute to the requirements for an exciting range of opportunities for further study e.g. you could choose to take degree-level courses in Biomedical Science, Medicine, Toxicology, Ecology, Veterinary Medicine, Chemical Engineering, Psychology, Sport & Exercise Science, and many more.
This could lead to a wide variety of careers, e.g. Doctor, Environmental Scientist, Conservation Officer, Geneticist, Microbiologist, Research Scientist, Teacher, Science Journalist etc.
Gaining an A' Level in Chemistry opens up lots of different opportunities: Chemistry students develop many skills (such as numeracy, communication, creativity and data analysis) which are highly sought after by employers in lots of different professions, including human health, energy and the environment, finance and public relations.
Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.