Chemistry (A Level)

Analysing evidence from a crime scene; finding the cure for an illness; making sure food is safe to eat; synthesising the right smell for a perfume; restoring 500 year old paintings… none of the above would be possible without Chemistry; it is everywhere.

If you enjoy problem solving, hands on practical activities and have good analytical skills and attention to detail then Chemistry could be for you!

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Course Insight Subject Highlights

Topics you will study

Module 1:
This is the practical endorsement. The practical activities students complete will be assessed by staff throughout the two years of the course. There will also be questions based on these practical activities on the exam papers.

Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry
Students will look in detail at atoms, molecules and equations. They will also study the reactions of acids and bases.

Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy
Students will study the patterns of the periodic table, as well as the behaviour of key groups. Students will also look at the rates of chemical reactions.

Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry
Students will learn the basic concepts of organic chemistry and look in more detail at some key functional groups and reaction mechanisms.

Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
Students will look at the Transition Elements in more detail. They will also build on their knowledge of acids, bases and pH, as well as reactions in equilibrium.

Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis
Students will gain an in depth knowledge of organic chemistry and chemical synthesis. They will learn about different types of polymers and gain a detailed knowledge of analytical techniques, such as chromatography and infra-red spectroscopy.

Progression Routes – What’s in it for me?

Chemistry opens the door to a vast range of university courses and career paths as it is a facilitating A Level. It is essential if you are interested in going into a Medical career, for example
Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biomedical Science…

It is also an excellent, sometimes compulsory, course if you are considering Forensic Science. The following are just a selection of some of the other career paths you could choose if you study Chemistry A Level: Radiography, Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Geology, Engineering, Law, Finance, Nursing, Archaeology… The list goes on.



Assessment:                          Awarding Body:

3 Exams and 12                                              OCR
Assessed Practical Tests

Results 2016: 98%
Key Features:
  • It is an enjoyable and rewarding course; you will need to be resilient but it will be worth it in the end.
  • You will develop many transferable skills, including resilience, independence, communication, mathematical skills and analytical skills.
  • The Chemistry department here are experienced practitioners who will offer you full support! One member is an experienced examiner for the exam board – invaluable when it comes o
    exam technique… They know their stuff.
Stoke6th Graduate Attributes
How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

Chemistry is interesting, challenging and rewarding. It will help you to develop many of the Stoke 6th Graduate attributes and provide you with transferable skills to take with you in your chosen career. You will have to work hard, have good attention to detail and enjoy solving problems.

The key skills which you will develop on this course include:

Resilience, problem solving, team work, communication and independence.

What our students say…

“I chose Chemistry because I love a challenge and I want to become a Doctor. I really enjoyed the course and I got the A* in Chemistry that I needed – I’m going to University to study Medicine!”

“I love the practical element of the course, it really helps me understand what’s going on. Plus the facilities here are great!”

“I find the course challenging and I have to work hard, but when I do well in an assessment it’s really worthwhile! I really enjoy the course and now I want to study Pharmacy at university.”