Welcome to Chemistry
Why choose this course?
Chemistry is involved in every aspect of our daily lives. Chemistry explains the behaviour of all the materials around us from the strength of the bricks which enable our houses to stand up, to the fuel which keeps our houses warm and powers cars, trains, buses and aeroplanes. Chemistry keeps our bodies moving, produces drugs to make us healthy and clothes to protect us from the weather. Chemistry produces detergents to clean clothes, people, houses and many other things. Chemistry causes pollution and then helps to counteract it. Chemistry not only helps you understand the world, it also opens up a world of opportunities.
Course Content/Main Topics
Module 1 - Development of practical skills – this module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and within the Practical Endorsement.
Module 2 - Foundations in Chemistry covering concepts required throughout the remaining modules
Module 3 - Periodic Table and Energy
Module 4 - Core Organic Chemistry
Module 5 - Physical chemistry and transition elements
Module 6 - Organic chemistry and analysis
Careers and Higher Education
Chemistry is an excellent qualification for those wishing to go on to Higher Education courses in Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences and Materials Science. It is a course requirement for Medicine, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy and Dentistry. Chemistry is also relevant for students thinking of working in forensics, art restoration, animal health and photography. The skills developed and demonstrated in Chemistry are transferable to other areas such as: accountancy, marketing, commerce, teaching, television and management.
Students will be assessed at the end of the 2 year course over 3 exams covering content from both years (modules 1-6). Periodic Table, Elements & Physical Chemistry and Synthesis & Analytical techniques both carry 37%, and are worth 100 marks; Unified Chemistry carries 26% and is worth 70 marks.
Each module has a set of complimentary Student Assessment Groups (PAGs), which are the practical assessments. These require the students to successfully complete practical activities along with a set of questions. These questions could be drawing diagrams, analysing graphs or data, or simply evaluating the experiment they have just completed. The practical assessment is separate from the examination. Upon completing the course, the students will achieve a grade along with a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ for their practical skills.
Grade 7 achieved in Double Science or 7 achieved in Chemistry.
Grade 6 in English and Maths.
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