Chemistry Fast track A level – 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 enables you to achieve a full A Level Chemistry qualification in one year.

Why choose Brock for Chemistry Fast track A level – 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.

Minimum entry requirements

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 for 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.

Physical chemistry and transition elements

This module extends your study of energy, reaction rates and equilibria, and the periodic table.

Organic chemistry and analysis

This module introduces several new functional groups and emphasises the importance of organic synthesis. It also adds NMR spectroscopy to the instrumentation techniques used in organic and forensic analysis.

How will I be assessed?

  • You will be assessed through three exam papers. You will sit these exams at the end of the course.
  • Paper 1 will be on inorganic and physical chemistry. Paper 2 will be on organic chemistry. Paper 3 will be a mixture of both.
  • Your understanding of practical chemistry, as well chemistry theory, will also be assessed in these papers.
  • There is a separate qualification for practical endorsements that assesses your practical skills. This will be graded pass/fail.

Information & support

  • All students are required to attend a two hour group induction workshop and a 45 minute starter session with the course tutor following enrolment.
  • There is also a series of 12 laboratory-based evening workshops which take two and a half hours each. These will take place at 6 week intervals and will include all 12 compulsory experients required for the new full A level qualification.
  • There will also be two exam workshops prior to these exams, lasting 3 hours each.
  • Students will recieve up to ten hours individual support via email, telephone, Skype or face to face.
  • There will be flexibility to transfer to the A level year 1 course with a partial refund of fees in the Autumn term.
  • Experienced and competent staff at our adult learning centres can help you decide on your course and progression options.
  • Practical help and advice is provided to assist students with any kind of disability or individual need, including people for whom English is not their first language. Please contact our centre staff to discuss your needs prior to starting your course.

Course fees & Duration

There is a cost of £1350 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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