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Chemistry A Level at East Durham College

A Level Chemistry

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

A-level Chemistry opens the door to a range of careers in areas like pharmacy, medicine, nursing, radiography, forensics, and even law and accountancy The course will give you the scientific discipline needed to study higher education science at university or get an entry level position in the industry.

Overview of the course: 

Awarding Body - AQA

A-level Chemistry opens the door to a range of careers in areas like pharmacy, medicine, nursing, radiography, forensics, and even law and accountancy The course will give you the scientific discipline needed to study higher education science at university or get an entry level position in the industry.

This course is ideal if you are interested and intrigued by Chemistry and are keen to develop an understanding of the world of atoms, molecules and chemical reactions.
This course covers a range of topics including: Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Practical Chemistry and is 2 years full-time, when taken alongside two or three other A Levels.

Chemistry is fundamentally an experimental subject. The specifications provide numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip you with the essential practical skills you need.

You will take AS exams at the end of year one and A Level exams at the end of year two.

Entry requirements: 

For A level Chemistry you will need grade 6 or above in GCSE Chemistry (triple award) or 6, 6 from Combined Science.

For a 3 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of five Grade 9-4 passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics.

For a 4 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of six Grade 9-4 passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at 9-7 grade.

Topics: 

Whilst studying both AS and A Level Chemistry course you will cover a range of different topics including:

Physical chemistry – atomic structure, electron configuration, moles and Avogadro’s, equations and formulae, the nature and types of chemical bonding, enthalpy change, calorimetry, kinetics, equilibrium and at A Level only thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium expressions, acids and bases, acid dissociation constants, pH curves, buffers and indicators, electrode potential and electrochemical cells.

Inorganic Chemistry – Periodic trends and properties of period 3 elements, group 2 trends, group 7 trends and at A Level only oxides of period 3, transition metals, ligand substitution, complexes and catalysts.

Organic Chemistry – nomenclature, reaction mechanisms, isomerism, alkanes, haloalkanes, alkenes, alcohols and at A Level only optical isomerism, carboxylic acids, aromatic chemistry, amines and polymers.

Analytical Chemistry – mass spectroscopy, infra-red spectroscopy and at A Level only proton NMR, Chromatography and organic synthesis

On this course you will be taught through a variety of different methods, theory lessons, independent research and practical experiments. You will also be expected to support self-study using the internet, text books and information sheets.

Overall, at least 20% of the marks in assessments during the course will require the use of mathematical skills. These skills will be applied in the context of chemistry and will be at least the standard of higher tier GCSE Mathematics.

How is the course assessed?: 

There will be two written papers at both AS and A2 Level and also internal assessment of practical skills at both levels too. Internal assessment of practical skills is based on completing AQA set tasks. Each task is marked externally using specific, AQA mark schemes. Examination series are available in May/June.

Further study options after this course: 

After the completion of this course most students study Higher Education at University – this could include: medicine, dentistry, optical work, physiotherapy, pharmacy, chemistry, chemical engineering. Some students do follow a career for example joining the RAF, Police force, chemical industry and a range of apprenticeships.

Length of the course: 

2 Years, Full Time.

Campus: 

Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:

Fees: 

If you're a full time student under the age of 19 you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Fees may apply for equipment costs for all students, however financial help may be available. Further information will be sent to you closer to enrolment in August if you are accepted on to the course.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (22 Nov 2017 18:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.

Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.

98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

'Chemistry can lead to so many more things – I would recommend this course to everyone' – Sarjun

'Studying chemistry has opened doors for the future as it is highly regarded by universities' – Alice

'This course has exceeded my expectations and I have thoroughly enjoyed the past two years' – Courtney

'Chemistry is not an easy subject but it teaches you new and exciting things' - Reece

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