Chemistry, A Level | Weston College

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September 2019
2 Years
Course code ALCHEAD1LC

Chemistry, A Level

What will I do on this A Level?

You will study the principles of chemistry and how it relates to areas in real life. You will also develop your practical skills using your second year to build on the foundations created during year one. Practical sessions include the synthesis of common compounds such as aspirin.

The course is made up of the following modules: foundations in chemistry, periodic table and energy, core organic chemistry, physical chemistry and transition elements, and organic chemistry and analysis.

How will I be assessed?

You will sit exams in your second year. You will also receive a pass or fail grade for skills developed in practical work.

What could I do after this A Level?

You could apply for a science or engineering-based course at university, such as Public and Environmental Health, FdSc at University Centre Weston. It is also an essential requirement for subjects such as medicine, veterinary science and dentistry.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above including English, and grade 6 or above in core & additional science and maths.

Course Level

Level 3

Category & Subject Area

A Levels Courses for 16 to 18-year-olds


Loxton campus

iAn interview is required for this course.

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What next? Naomi achieved three As and will progress to study English and sociology at Leeds University.

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