Many of the products and items that we use in everyday life are a direct result of the application of chemistry. Pharmaceuticals, hair products, soap and cosmetics; wherever you look, you can see the work of the chemist.
By studying chemistry, you will discover the huge impact it has on the world around us and have a deeper understanding of the importance of chemistry in understanding the way the world works.
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A-Level Chemistry provides many skills that you will use in a variety of areas of employment or further study. It is essential for those wishing to go on and study many science based higher education courses including Medicine, Veterinary science and Dentistry. You will develop transferrable skills including investigating, problem solving, research, decision making, mathematical and analytical skills. Employers in non-science areas also value highly the skills that are developed through studying A-Level Chemistry and some students go into areas as diverse as Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Business Studies and Journalism.
At least five GCSEs at grade C or grade 5, or above, including English and mathematics and at least a grade B or grade 6 or 7, in GCSE Science.
Topics of study:
- Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
- Electrons, bonding and structure
- The periodic table and periodicity
- Enthalpy changes
- Reaction rates
- Hydrocarbons, alcohols and haloalkanes
- pH and buffers
- Aromatic, carbonyl and nitrogen compounds
- Organic synthesis
A-Level Chemistry provides many skills that you will use in a variety of areas of employment or further study. It is essential for those wishing to go on and study many science based higher education courses including Medicine, Veterinary science and Dentistry.
Employers in non-science areas also value highly the skills that are developed through studying A-Level Chemistry and some students go into areas as diverse as Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Business Studies and Journalism.
Answering questions about why things happen, enjoy practical science, getting to the root of why a reactions happens.
Further studies at university, higher level apprenticeship or employment.
Chemistry is an essential choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as Medicine, Biochemistry, Dentistry, Veterinary Science or Forensic Science. It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the Petrochemical or Pharmaceutical industries. In addition, it can be a good foundation for Nursing. It also complements other Science and Mathematics A-levels.
Adam Marks Chemistry Research PhD - Imperial College LondonAdam completed his A-levels at Cornwall College St Austell in chemistry (A), mathematics (A), physics (A) and geology (B). He then went to Imperial College London where he gained first class honours in both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He is part way through a research PhD in chemistry.
"My two years at Cornwall College were extremely enjoyable, both socially and academically. Each teacher was passionate about their subject and wanted every student to succeed, this drove me to achieve and ultimately led to me making the choice to move to London and pursue chemistry at Imperial College. My A-levels were the building blocks for my academic success, there is no doubt that without them I wouldn’t be where I am today, at the forefront of chemical research."
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