The course is suitable for students who enjoyed Chemistry at GCSE, and for those who thrive when faced with a challenge.
The course will develop students’ ability to apply the scientific method to many real life situations, and will give students an opportunity to discover science through a wide range of experiments.
For those who desire a career in science, engineering and medicine, the course will provide one of the important university entry requirements to pursue such career options.
Practical work and problem solving skills are crucial for any successful chemist. Students will carry out a range of laboratory practical experiments to support their learning. Do not expect lectures, problem solving will make up the vast majority of lessons whereby you will be encouraged to think outside of the box and apply your knowledge to unfamiliar situations.
Two exam papers contain 105 marks. They each contribute 35% to the A level grade. A third exam paper contains 40 marks from practical skills and data analysis, 20 marks testing any area of the specification and 30 marks from multiple choice questions (total of 90 marks.) This contributes 30% to the A level grade.
This course requires students to demonstrate their competency in practical investigations via a lab book.
At least a grade 6 in Chemistry or a grade 6-6 in Combined Science. A grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics is also required.