Chemistry AS & A level Year 1 – Distance Learning with Tutorials

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Course introduction

Chemistry is about exploring the materials that make up the Universe and understanding why they behave in the way they do.

It is often referred to as the central science, and with good reason… Indeed, as chemists we investigate the fundamental particles that make up literally everything we know.

Most of the phenomena that occur in the world around us can be directly explained by the behaviour of these fundamental particles.

Without this knowledge, a lot of what happens in our day-to-day lives would remain a mystery, which is why we seek answers. We also explore ways use reactions to our advantage.

This programme is the first year of a Chemistry A Level and may be taken as an AS Level.

Why choose Brock for Chemistry AS & A level Year 1 – Distance Learning with Tutorials?

At Brockenhurst College we have two teaching laboratories built especially for Chemistry.

These labs are designed to teach Chemistry as a practical subject. Importantly, they are run by highly experienced teachers and technical support staff. 

This course will be underpinned by experimentation and demonstrations. We believe that to understand chemistry, you must see it happen, and to really understand it, you must MAKE it happen.

The department also has a dedicated study area where you can get all the individual help and support you need.

Teaching & learning

By selecting Distance Learning Chemistry at Brockenhurst College you can benefit from a fulfilling interactive learning experience.

Practical chemistry forms the basis of the course, and you will conduct experiments to support your learning whenever possible.

When studying theory, there will be time for class discussions visual help from your teacher, demonstration videos and interactive quizzes.

In addition:

  • All students must attend a two-hour group induction workshop.
  • There will be a series of six laboratory-based evening workshops lasting 2.5 hours each. These workshops will include experiments: 7-12 of the 12 compulsory experiments required for the full A Level qualification.
  • You will receive a minimum of five hours individual support both face-to-face and via email, telephone and/or Skype.
  • Staff at our adult learning centres will be on-hand to help you decide on your progression options.
  • You will benefit from exam workshops in the lead up to exams.
  • Practical help and advice will be available to assist students with any kind of disability or individual need, including people for whom English is not a first language. If this is you, please contact our us to discuss your needs before starting your course.

Course structure

Development of practical skills in chemistry

You will learn a range of practical skills that are essential to studying the subject effectively.

Foundations in chemistry

You will gain knowledge and understanding of the important chemical ideas that underpin the study of A Level Chemistry.

Periodic table and energy

The focus here is inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, the applications of energy use to everyday life, and industrial processes.

Core organic chemistry

Here we will introduce organic chemistry and its important applications to the world around us, including current environmental concerns associated with sustainability.

Minimum entry requirements

Students will need good independent study skills and a minimum grade B in Mathematics and Science GCSE is preferable.

How will I be assessed?

  • You will be assessed through two exam papers to be sat the end of the course.
  • Paper 1 comprises multiple choice and short answer questions. Paper 2 contains more in-depth questions.
  • All aspects of the course, including the understanding of practical chemistry, will be examined in both papers.

Information & support

  • All students are required to attend a two hour group induction workshop.
  • There is also a series of six laboratory-based evening workshops which take two and a half hours each. These workshops will include experiments 1 – 6 of the 12 compulsory experiments required in the full A level qualification.
  • There will also be exam workshops prior to these exams. 
  • Students will receive a minimum of five hours individual support via email, telephone, Skype or face to face.
  • Experienced and competent staff at our adult learning centres can help you decide on your course and progression options.

Course fees & Duration

There is a cost of £675 to complete this course.

  • There are very few mandatory additional expenses for this course.
  • It is essential that you provide pens, pencils, a calculator and filing folders.
  • Your topic resource packs and lab equipment will be provided.
  • We recommend you buy an appropriate textbook - our department offers these at a discounted price.
  • Please note that independent internet access is essential.

What can I do with this qualification?

The Royal Society of Chemistry describes professionals working in chemistry as:

  • Changing lives by discovering new medicines and medical devices.
  • Fixing the future by finding ways to cope with increasing pressures on energy, food, water and other scarce natural resources.
  • Innovating industry by developing sustainable products and materials and improving processes.
  • Challenging opinions through promoting scientific research and lobbying for policy changes.
  • Being the catalyst by inspiring others through teaching.
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