Chemistry

Chemistry is involved in every aspect of our lives - from the making of new materials and understanding biological systems to the food we eat and the medicines which keep us healthy; from the quality of the water we drink to keeping the air we breathe pure. The A Level Chemistry course involves a balance of practical and theoretical work with an investigative mathematical element. A good chemist will be a great problem solver; someone who can apply their knowledge and skills to new situations. These skills will be transferable to whatever career you choose in the future.

A Level Chemistry is a subject which involves a lot of teamwork in both practical and theoretical situations. We have the opportunity to look at Chemistry in a much more in-depth way, as well as work upon and develop new skills. The subject is extremely enjoyable; it does involve a lot of hard work but fantastic rewards too. If you're good at Maths and want to explore the science surrounding the world in which we live......choose Chemistry!

Zac Martin, Year 12

Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 5 or above in both English Language and Mathematics and Grade 5 (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications. Science GCSE at Grade 6 or above is also required. Other related GCSE/Level 2 subjects may be considered. Guidance on acceptable related subjects can be provided by the Sixth Form Leadership Team.

Course Overview

On this course you will study

This course is best suited to those who love logic problems and working through complex algorithms. It is also the ideal course for anyone wanting to work with Data sets. Throughout the course, students will study the following:

  • Computer systems: The internal workings of the (CPU), data exchange, software development, data types and legal and ethical issues;
  • Algorithms and programming: Using computational thinking to solve problems;
  • Programming project: Students will be expected to analyse a problem. They will then design, develop, test, evaluate and document a program.

Students will sit two exams, each worth 40% of the overall grade.

There is also a coursework component consisting of a programming project, which makes up the other 20%.

Progression & Careers

After studying A Level Computer Science, students may go on to apprenticeships and study in a wide range of subjects including:

  • Computer Science;
  • Mathematics;
  • Data Sciences;
  • Medicine;
  • Law;
  • Business; 
  • Psychology; 
  • Politics. 

This course is ideal if you love programming and want to work in careers including Computer Science, Software Engineering, Games Development or Medical Science.

    Where can I find out more?

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