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CHEMISTRY

Examining Body -

EDEXCEL

LINEAR

REQUIREMENTS -

GCSE LEVEL

Grade 6 in Chemistry or Additional Science

& Grade 6 in Maths

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course aims to give you the skills and understanding

to make decisions about the way Chemistry affects your

everyday life by applying concepts into contemporary areas

of Chemistry, including:

• Climate change

• Green chemistry

• Pharmaceuticals

• Chemical research

• Nanotechnology

In addition, an A Level in Chemistry allows you to develop

a range of generic skills requested by both employers and

universities. For instance, an A Level Chemist will be able to

communicate efficiently and be an effective problem-solver.

Handling data will be a key part of your work, allowing you to

demonstrate information retrieval, numeracy and ICT skills. You

will build up a range of practical skills that require creativity and

accuracy as well as developing a firm understanding of health

and safety issues that surround the subject. As you become

more skilled you will take responsibility for selecting appropriate

qualitative and quantitative methods, record observations

precisely and critically analyse and evaluate methodology.

This course is suited to people who:

• have an interest in, and enjoy Chemistry

• want to find out how things work in the world

• enjoy applying their mind to solving problems

• want to use Chemistry to progress onto further studies

in higher education or support other qualifications or

enter Chemistry based employment.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

- Approx

Textbook

£25

new - compulsory

Chemistry Lectures

£20 (

optional)

Revision Guides

£5

annually (optional)

Chemnet Membership* £15

for two years (optional)

*Student branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry and strongly

recommended

ASSESSMENT

There is no coursework component for A Level Chemistry.

Practical skills will be assessed by teachers and reported

separately to the A Level grade as a measure of practical

competency. This assessment will be based on core practicals

which will be completed throughout the course.

In addition, there will be assessment of some practical skills

in written exam papers – making the A Level 100% externally

assessed. All exam assessments for A Level will take place at

the end of the course.

Chemistry A Level is a two year qualification and you will only

be externally examined in the summer of Year 13. You will

be awarded a grade as well as the practical endorsement,

allowing you to demonstrate to a university that you are

both a theoretical and practical Chemist.

PROGRESSION

UK Higher Education institutions currently offer over 200 courses

where Chemistry is the primary subject. Over 500 courses contain

a notable element of Chemistry as well as allowing a degree of

breadth of study. These include Chemistry and Sports Science,

Chemistry and Politics, Chemistry with Computer Science.

The followingcourses either specifically requireor find it desirable

to have A Level Chemistry - Chemical Engineering, Medicine,

Veterinary Medicine, Biological Sciences, Environmental

Science, Pharmacy and Dentistry.

Most laboratory-based jobs benefit from an A Level Chemistry

qualification. For instance, a Dental Assistant or a Veterinary

Assistant. Many employers view success at A Level Chemistry

as a clear indication of sound academic ability.

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