Chemistry A Level

Sixth Form

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Full Time - September 2017

OCR

6SAS021211

Course introduction

A-Level Chemistry is a stimulating, rigorous and challenging subject that will develop your scientific skills and knowledge.

There will be lots of opportunities to perform hands-on work in the lab and gain an insight into the relevance of Chemistry beyond the classroom.

This is important because Chemistry is the study of the substances that make both us and the things around us.

Indeed, if humankind did not understand what substances were or how they work, we could not cure diseases, develop new materials or respond to and correct changes in our environment.

Why choose Brock for Chemistry A Level?

At Brock we ensure you can receive extra individual support if you need it. In fact, we believe this approach has been instrumental in our exam success rates.

Importantly, all teachers are graduates in Chemistry, and have a wide range of both industrial and teaching experience from which you can benefit.

As a student you will also have access to well-resourced Chemistry labs and an open access computer suite.

Teaching & learning

Your teachers will use a variety of teaching techniques including: lectures, practical sessions and demonstrations.

They will also invite visiting speakers from universities and various industries to help put the subject into context beyond the classroom.

Wherever possible your teachers will encourage you to try out new ideas and develop your own experiments as well.

There is a significant written and oral component to the learning experience, which gives you ample opportunities to evidence your new knowledge and skills.

Course structure

  • Develop your practical skills in chemistry to help you reach your potential in all aspects of the course.
  • Improve your knowledge of the foundations of chemistry, giving you a sound base for effective learning.
  • Discover more about the periodic table and energy to better understand and explain important correlations.
  • Study core organic chemistry to better understand the basis for life itself.
  • Explore the maxims of physical chemistry and transition elements to better appreciate why and how reactions occur.
  • Investigate organic chemistry to understand the way in which familiar products are composed for our benefit.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A*-C or grade 4 to include:

  • Maths grade B (6)
  • English language grade B (6)
  • Science core and additional B/B or if separate sciences Chemistry grade B and a grade B in another science

If you wish to study this at degree level we strongly recommend you take another science or maths A Level.
 

Information & support

As a first year student you will need to purchase a textbook.  A single payment of £18 covers the cost of this book and also serves as a contribution towards the cost of lab coats and safety glasses.

What can I do with this qualification?

This qualification can lead to careers in areas such as Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry. It is also extremely useful for careers in the Biological Sciences, Physics, Mathematics and Analytical Chemistry.

Please note: you will need an A Level Chemistry qualification if you wish to study Veterinary Medicine or Medicine at university.

Chemistry can also be useful for people who intend to study subjects like Law and Philosophy. This is because it demonstrates your ability to understand difficult concepts.

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  • Taking part in opportunities provided by the College such as advancing my skills with a step maths course, and taking part in trips such as visiting CERN with my Physics class, really helped me to develop my interests and provided me with extra knowledge.

    George Downing

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