Chemistry is the branch of science that deals with the composition, properties and behaviour of matter. Chemistry studies the atom and the ways in which interactions between atoms are related to the properties of chemical bonds formed between species. Chemists are concerned with the reactions between substances, their accompanying energy exchange and the laws that unite these phenomena.
Chemistry is often referred to as the central science joining together physics, mathematics, biology, medicine and the earth and environmental sciences. We aim to develop essential understanding of the concepts in chemistry and the skills needed to apply these in new and changing situations. Most laboratory-based jobs benefit from a chemistry qualification and success at Chemistry A Level is viewed as a clear indication of high academic ability. This makes it an excellent subject when applying to university and students with an A Level in Chemistry have gone on to study a wide range of subjects – chemical engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, environmental science, accountancy, law and banking, to name a few.
Chemistry is a popular and well-resourced subject. The quality of teaching and support students receive are reflected in consistently good results.
We follow the OCR A specification, a course which combines an effective balance of knowledge, understanding and practical skills.
In the first year you will study some key areas of chemistry to provide a firm foundation for further study:
In the second year the main chemical concepts are developed in greater depth:
Three written exams and a non-exam, teacher assessed practical endorsement for Chemistry.
Minimum 66555 including 6 in Chemistry (or additional Science) and 5 in Mathematics.