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Chemistry

Course Title: 

A Level Chemistry

Exam Board:

AQA

What is it all about?

 

Studying chemistry is about trying to understand the universe.  Chemists want to know what makes the world work and to take familiar substances apart and put them back together in new and different ways. Studying chemistry at A level can be hard work but it can also be lots of fun.  There is quite a lot of new material to learn and also much which is familiar but covered in greater depth.

We follow the AQA course which allows you to study the theoretical aspects of chemistry and test them against experiments you can carry out in the school laboratories. 

The course is split into the traditional three branches of chemistry:

  • Physical  – the numerical and theoretical aspects of chemistry
  • Inorganic – chemistry of the elements of the Periodic Table
  • Organic – a huge and ever-expanding field about the limitless compounds based on carbon.

 

Want to know more?

A-level Chemistry Specification Specifications for first teaching in 2015 (aqa.org.uk)

 

How will I be assessed?

 

The A level has 3 written exam papers

Paper 1 written exam: 2 hours, Paper 2 written exam: 2 hours, Paper 3

 

What are the entrance requirements?

 

This course is suitable for students who have enjoyed and achieved a grade ‘5’ in double science or the separate sciences. You will also need to be very competent at Mathematics as you will have to perform calculations that are of a high level. Throughout the course.

 

What skills do I need?

 

Studying chemists requires a certain skill set. Chemistry students need to have certain aspects on their ‘radar’. Mathematical equations require rearrangement or some manipulation before values can be used to calculate an answer of the correct magnitude. The periodic table is a tool that will be needed throughout the course - a confident use of this is necessary. The ability to represent situations through maths, equations and diagrams is crucial. Practical skills involve the use of specialised equipment as well as using observations to make sound judgements and conclusions. As a chemist is it your job to link the macroscopic world to the microscopic world and make clear statements without contradiction but with precision.

 

 

Future prospects?

 

Chemistry is sometimes known as the ‘central science’ because it helps to connect physical sciences, maths and physics, with applied sciences, like biology, medicine and engineering.

Chemistry is an important subject for careers in: medicine, environmental science, engineering, toxicology, developing consumer products, metallurgy (studying how metals behave), space exploration, developing perfumes and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, energy, teaching, science writing, software development and research.

 

Other opportunities in other sectors  include the food and drink industry, utilities and research, health and medical organisations, the government and scientific research organisations and agencies.

Students with chemistry qualifications can go on to work in schools, colleges and universities, as well as be employed by computer software development companies, environment consultancies and water companies.

 

What do our students say? 

“Members of staff encouraged me to apply to Oxford even though I believed it was beyond my reach. The teachers, especially in chemistry, showed a real passion for their subject which inspired me to pursue it”  

“Lady Lumley’s was an extremely supportive environment where all of the staff worked extremely hard to help me succeed and achieve the grades I needed in order to continue studying.”

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Videos

Miss Wilson talks about A-Level chemistry with a class of her students, what the course involves and even why she took Chemistry herself.

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