Chemistry

  • Course type: A level
  • Awarding/exam body: AQA

Introduction

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Chemistry is the fascinating study of chemical ideas which are all around us and shape our lives. From the atom to the zwitterion, the concepts covered will amaze and engage you, whilst broadening your scientific understanding. You will apply mathematical understanding in a practical setting and build towards researching and designing your own experiments. All of the skills developed will prepare you for an exciting future in whatever field you choose.  It is recommended to study Chemistry with Biology, and/or Physics. It is also complemented by Mathematics.

  • Course units...

    • Physical chemistry including: atomic structure; bonding; kinetics; chemical equilibria; redox; acids and bases.
    • Inorganic chemistry including: the alkaline earth metals, the halogens; transition metals;
    • Organic chemistry including: organic analysis; optical isomerism; aldehydes and ketones; polymers; amino acids, proteins and DNA; organic synthesis; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; chromatography.
  • Course assessment...

    Assessment is 100% examination-based, with twelve standard experiments being assessed and awarded independently.

  • This course can lead to...

    The subject is useful for a wide range of higher education courses and careers including those in the physical sciences (engineering, environmental scientist), biological sciences (biochemistry, medicine, veterinary science and other areas of healthcare) and other related scientific areas such as forensic science and chemical research. Chemistry is also a facilitating subject for other areas such as law, education and journalism.

  • Entry requirements...

    In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:

    Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 6 in Core Science and Grade 7 in Additional Science; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)
    OR
    Grade 6 in Maths and grade 5 in English Language, Grade 7 in Core Science and Grade 6 in Additional Science; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)
    OR
    Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 6 in Biology and Grade 6 in either Chemistry or Physics; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)

    Please refer to subject combinations below:

    Science and maths subjectcombinations:
    • Requirement to do Chemistry with either Physics or Biology
    • Requirement to do Physics with Maths
    • Preference to do Biology with Chemistry

  • Course highlights...

    • Visits to Kingston University for a Pharmacy and Chemistry subject insight day
    • Opportunity to take part in several prestigious competitive events including the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad exam, Cambridge Chemistry Challenge and the Royal Society of Chemistry Analyst competition.
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