Chemistry is an essential requirement for anyone who would like to pursue a career in medical sciences, such as medicine, veterinary science and dentistry. Other career paths such as forensic sciences, food and agriculture, and engineering are all accessible from chemistry.
There are three main threads throughout both years: Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. The AS provides all the ground work for all three subjects and the A2 extends the knowledge to a range of applications.
A-level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of’ and it’s the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless. The course includes the following topics: Foundation Chemistry – this builds on the students understanding of chemistry covered at GCSE and applies their knowledge and understanding to both mathematical and 3 dimensional concepts; Chemistry in Action – which covers enthalpy reactions, equilibria, kinetics and organic chemistry focussing on reaction mechanisms; Investigative & practical skills; Kinetics, Equilibria and Further Organic Chemistry; Energetics, Redox & Inorganic Chemistry.
GCSE Core and Additional Science Grade 6 or above.
If completing Triple Science then at least two of the three qualifications (including chemistry) at grade 6 or above.
GCSE Mathematics and English at a grade 4-9 essential.
Anyform of chemistry including environmental chemistry, biochemistry, cosmetic
science, chemical engineering, medicine, pharmacy and many more.
Upon completing this course you will be equipped to move into university, a higher apprenticeship or into work. According to bestcourse4me.com, the top five degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in Chemistry are: - Chemistry - Biology - Pre-clinical medicine - Mathematics - Pharmacology.
Studying an A-level Chemistry related degree at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including: - Analytical chemist - Chemical engineer - Clinical biochemist - Pharmacologist - Doctor - Research scientist (physical sciences) - Toxicologist - Environmental consultant - Higher education lecturer - Secondary school teacher.