Chemistry

Sixth Form Location: Brockenhurst College - Main Site
Type: Full Time
Qualification: AS/A level
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Course Details

Chemistry is the study of the substances that make both us and the things that surround us. If we did not understand what these substances were or how they work we could not cure diseases, develop new materials or respond to and correct changes in our environment. The clothes we wear, the homes in which we live and the cars that we drive would not exist without chemists.

The study of chemistry gives you the opportunity to develop a wide range of key skills, including oral and written communication, working in teams, problem-solving and the use of IT. Chemistry is a very challenging subject but it can also be exciting, stimulating and enjoyable.

A good ‘A’ level qualification in Chemistry is highly regarded by employers and universities because it demonstrates a very wide range of competences, both academic and personal. It is an essential qualification for progression into careers such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, Biomedical Science and Pharmacy. In addition it is desirable for the study of Engineering, Geology, Archaeology, Environmental Science, Dietetics, Nursing and Agriculture.

The course is subdivided into units, each having a coherent theme. Through the study of these topics you will be introduced to the concepts associated with traditional Chemistry courses. These include: atomic structure, the Periodic Table, rates of reaction, acids and bases, equilibrium and the study of carbon compounds, such as alkanes and alkenes.

Chemistry is a fascinating and fundamental subject.  The course is divided into 13 chemical modules, each exploring a topic containing different key concepts.  Once the features of a chemical topic have been developed, the applications and relevance to everyday life are considered.  Examples in the first year include the study of fundamental areas such as chemical bonding and contemporary issues such as atmospheric chemistry.  In the second year these topics are studied in more depth and new areas introduced such as 13C NMR spectroscopy.  A variety of teaching methods are used with emphasis on practical experimentation.  Assessment is by written examination and assessment of practical skills.

 

 

Assessment

AS Units:
Unit F321 Atoms, bonds and groups
     1 hour written exam - 30%
Unit F322 Chains, energy and resources
     1 hour 45 min written exam - 50%
Unit F323 Practical Skills in Chemistry 1
     Internal Assessment - 20%

A2 Units:
Unit F324 Atoms, bonds and groups
     1 hour written exam - 30%
Unit F325 Chains, energy and resources
     1 hour 45 min written exam - 50%
Unit F326 Practical Skills in Chemistry 2
     Internal assessment - 20%

Information & Support

Students who are asthmatic or who are likely to be allergic to common laboratory chemicals should inform us before the start of the course so that lecturers are aware of the situation. Any information passed to us will be treated in the strictest confidence.

A range of text books and periodicals are available in the Department, or in the LRC, for reference. Details will be provided in the Course Handbook which you will receive at the start of the course.

We require first year students to purchase a textbook which contains most of the material required for the AS course. A single payment of £18 covers the cost of this book, together with a contribution to the cost of providing lab coats and safety glasses.  Other learning materials that we use can be downloaded from my.brock.

Progression Opportunities

Most students who successfully complete the full A-level course (AS + A2) progress to study for degrees in a wide variety of subjects, including Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Medicine and Physiotherapy.

Available Dates and Locations

6SAC1Brockenhurst College - Main Site04/09/2014 - 22/05/2015 | Thursday01590 625555Apply online

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