Are you interested in how new medicinal drugs are synthesised? How space probes identify elements on other planets? How athletes are drug tested? How the body controls your blood pH? This course will answer these questions and more, developing your practical skills, numeracy skills and logical thinking.


Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2020
Location: Bede Sixth Form

You will explore the patterns in the Periodic table, the reactions of carbon based compounds and how the speed (rate of reaction) and amount of products (equilibrium) can be monitored in a reaction.

Scientific theory and concepts are taught via practical experiments, the use of IT simulations and even playballs!

This course is assessed by examination (two AS exams in Year 1, three A-Level exams in Year 2), and practical assessments carried out in class.

Students should have grades 9-4 in seven GCSE programmes including GCSE English and:

  • grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
  • grade 66 in GCSE Combined Science or a grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry

Depending on your previous grades you may need to study English and maths alongside your other courses. These are essential skills that all employers value.

You will need to bring a scientific calculator to lessons. We will provide you with all other required equipment.

Chemistry is a potential gateway to many high-earning careers and is highly valued by all universities (it is usually a requirement for entry on to medicine, dentistry and veterinary science). Some of our most recent students have gone on to study engineering at Oxford University and medicine at Newcastle University.

  • Chemistry is taught by Dr Robert Spink, a highly experienced teacher with a PhD in Organofluorine Chemistry with several outstanding lesson observations from both Ofsted and the College.
  • Each student will have access to both electronic and textbook resources designed to complement the course.
  • We will be learning in our purpose-built, state-of-the-art laboratories.

“Rob is probably one of the best teachers I’ve had in the entirety of my life in education.”

“Rob Spink is a brilliant chemistry teacher.”

“The teacher’s very supportive and takes the time to help students which is great and also uses different teaching methods such as roleplay (with electrons etc.) which really helps us visualise things.”

“Chemistry is taught to an extremely high standard by Rob at a good pace. He makes sure all the students in the class are at the same level of understanding before building on and expanding their knowledge.”

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Alternatively, you can find a hard copy of our application form at the back of our prospectus. Complete this and post it back to us, or hand it in at our Reception.