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Summary: Are you fascinated by chemical reactions? Do you want to explore the world of atoms and molecules? If so, chemistry is for you.
Course description: On this course you will develop a range of skills such as making observations, collecting data, titration and organic synthesis. Links with the University of East Anglia allow college students to work alongside undergraduates, such as on spectroscopy day.
Work includes lectures, note taking, question and answer sessions, problem solving, written work and model building. Classes include demonstrations and practical laboratory work.
You are likely to enjoy and do well at this this subject if you:
Are intrigued by the science that you have studied so far and want to know more.
Can understand and remember lots of facts and abstract concepts.
Enjoy practical laboratory work.
Can cope fairly easily with mathematics and like to use it in problem solving.
Are prepared to work hard and have a go at any questions you are set.
Units studied include:
the structure of atoms and how they form bonds
the periodic table and groups within it
quantities and the mole concept
groups of organic materials
making new chemicals
analysing the structure of unknown substances
Combining chemistry with physics and mathematics will equip you for a wide range of options, including careers in science, engineering and technology. Chemistry also complements biology well, helping students to understand molecular biology and biochemistry. Chemistry can be useful for those who wish to study psychology, environmental science, archaeology, art or photography.
Entry requirements: Applicants should have at least five GCSE passes at grade A*-C including English, an A*-B grade in Science and Additional Science or Chemistry, and an A*-B grade in Mathematics.
Students should also have an average GCSE score of 5.7.
Objective: From medical discoveries to microscopic organisms, chemistry is central to our understanding of the universe. This course will look at chemistry in the real world and assess the social, environmental, economic and technological impact of the chemical industry.
Assessment: Assessment is through exams and teacher assessment of practical skills, which are developed throughout the course.
Academic progression: Successful students could go on to study for a degree (or possible HND) in a variety of subjects including chemistry, environmental science, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary science, biology, or some related area, or use it as a general academic qualification.
Some universities have identified chemistry as one of the subjects they prefer applicants to have studied at A level.
Career progression: Students could enter employment in healthcare, research science, forensic science, medicine, dentistry and veterinary science.
An AS or A-Level in Chemistry develops and demonstrates many transferable skills appreciated by many employers in non-chemical careers as well as science based careers.
Costs: Textbooks tailored to this course are available and we will be able to advise you on the most suitable books. You will need to buy a lab-coat. This can be done at the beginning of the course.
Attendance type: CampusVenue: Main campusAttendance pattern: DaytimeCourse code: S0746Education level: Further educationStudy mode: Full timeHow to apply: CollegeSector subject area: ScienceDuration: Two years