This subject is suitable for anyone who is inquisitive and would like to know how the world works. Chemists look for patterns in properties and in behaviour and seek to understand not only how different substances react with each other, but also why they do so. Chemistry involves doing things as well as understanding them, so it is suitable for people who enjoy practical work. Chemistry is a facilitating subject, so students who take chemistry at A level are very well regarded by universities and employers.
General Qualifications: For 3 A Level subjects you require between 5 and 6 GCSEs grade A*-C (8/9-4/5) in academic subjects, taken at one sitting. Specifically for chemistry you need B grades or above in Core and Additional Science, grade 5 in English Language and 6 grade in maths. Candidates with grade 5 in maths will be considered on an individual basis. You may be asked to take a diagnostic test.
Chemistry is a very demanding subject but also a very interesting one. Chemistry helps us to understand ourselves and all the substances and living things in the Universe. The course begins with introductory topics which develop basic chemistry skills such as chemical formulae and equations, chemical calculations and atomic structure. In both A Level years, the topics cover the three main areas of chemistry: physical, inorganic and organic. Modern instrumental techniques are studied at both AS and A Level, and students complete at least one practical session per week.
Assessment will be by written examination. In addition, students need to demonstrate their competence with practical skills and those who do so successfully will receive a separate "Science Practical Endorsement".
On successful completion of this course, you will achieve an A Level in Chemistry. Most of our students progress onto university and usually pursue science or engineering related degrees but some go on to studying economics, business or humanities.
Please complete an application form and return it to the College, either online, by post or in person at the Wood Street Campus. References will be required from your previous educational establishment.
Yes, you will need to meet with a member of staff for an interview.
Yes, you will be expected to buy textbooks and a laboratory coat.
To apply or enrol for this course you must first create an account with the College. This is a simple process that should not take more than a few minutes.
If you have any difficulties with applying online or have any other questions please Contact Us, or call 020 8266 4000. Please note this is not a 24 hour helpline.