Are you interested in how new medicinal drugs are synthesised, how Space probes identify elements on other planets or how athletes are drug tested or even how the body controls your blood pH?

A-level Chemistry will answers these questions and more. It is also a highly practical subject that is a gateway to many high earning careers. It is highly valued by all Universities as it develops numeracy skills and logical thinking and it is usually a requirement for entry into Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.


Duration: 2 years
Starting date: September 2018
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form


What will you do?

You will build on the knowledge gained at GCSE to further explore the patterns in the Periodic table (Inorganic Chemistry), the reactions of carbon based compounds (Organic chemistry) and how the speed (rate of reaction) and amount of products (equilibrium) can be monitored in a reaction (Physical Chemistry).


How will you learn?

The scientific theory behind the different branches of Chemistry is taught in a variety of ways to suit all learner types. Concepts are taught via practical experiments, the use of IT simulations and even playballs! Independent learning skills are developed and there is a focus on stretching the most able.


How are you assessed?

To pass the Practical element of the course you will perform and write up practical experiments throughout the 2 years. At the end of the second year you will sit 3 exams which contribute to your final A-level grade.


You need:

GCSE additional Science higher level or Chemistry higher level grade 6/B or above, GCSE maths grade 6/B or above and GCSE English Language grade 4/C or above.


What do you need to know?

Your practical mark (pass/fail) is reported separately to final A-level grade. All students so far have gained a pass in the Practical assessment.

At the end of year 1 you will sit 2 internal exams to check your progress and make sure you are on track.


What’s next?

Students have gone on to a study a range of subjects from Medicine, Dentistry, Vetinary Science, Pharmacy, Geology and Chemical engineering to less obvious choices such as Accountancy, Journalism and Law.


How do I apply/enrol?


What kit/uniform do I need?

Protective Laboratory equipment such as Labcoats and safety spectacles will be provided for you, however a Scientific calculator would be useful.

3 Reasons to join us:

  1. Chemistry is taught by a highly experienced teacher with a Ph.D in the subject who has several outstanding lesson observations from both Ofsted and the College
  2. Each student is given a textbook written by the chief examiners and access to electronic resources to support their study.
  3. Laboratories are well equipped and up to date and class sizes are limited to a maximum of twenty due to the size of the facility.


Destinations and Progress:

Apart from Chemistry itself, students have gone on to a study a range of subjects at University from the traditional such Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science. To the less well known such as Biomedical science, Pharmacy, Geology and Chemical engineering, and even less obvious choices such as Accountancy, Scientific Journalism and Chemical Patent Law.


Possible combination subjects:

Chemistry is compatible with most subject, especially the other Sciences and Maths.


Extra-curricular activities:

We are currently looking at making links with local Universities and chemical companies so that students can do some project work and gain experience of how chemistry is used outside of the College.