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Chemistry A-level

Studying chemistry can help you understand the world around you and the different substances in it. You will study in our specialist laboratories and develop a greater understanding of the general principles of chemistry. Our experienced staff will increase your understanding of chemical elements and compounds. An A-level in chemistry is essential for most healthcare-related or science-based degree courses.

Vocational Science Route: If you wish to study more practical applied science you can apply to study either the BTEC Level 2 or Level 3 Applied Science Diplomas. Both of these courses incorporate units of study covering Physics, Biology and Chemistry.

This course can be studied as part of the Science Pathway.

What do I learn?
You will study scientific theory and conduct practical work. You will learn about chemical elements and the compounds made from them. You will study different substances and have a greater understanding of how synthetic materials are made.

Your study will include the following:
• unit 1: Core principles of chemistry
• unit 2: Applications of core principles of chemistry
• unit 3: Chemistry laboratory skills one
• unit 4: General principles of chemistry one
• unit 5: General principles of chemistry two
• unit 6: Laboratory chemistry two.

Your study will be a combination of practical and theoretical work. You will be taught by our experienced staff in fully equipped classrooms and specialist laboratories. There are three units of assessment each year - two timed exams and a practical assessment.
What do I gain?
Your Chemistry AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study. You will be part of a tradition of success - we have a 100% pass rate.

Chemistry students get the opportunity to visit local businesses and you can also take part in Aim Higher Chemistry days at Reading University and exam revision conferences.

Most classes are double staffed with our specialist Chemistry Technician. You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a tutorial and they will help you set review and achieve your targets.

There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and moving on to university. The vast majority of A level students progress successfully to higher education.

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience sport and performing.
What do I need?
Minimum six academic GCSEs at A*-C (4) including English Language and Maths but excluding PE, Dance, Catering i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

For this subject you will need:
Minimum B grade in GCSE Additional Science
Minimum grade 5 in GCSE Maths
Minimum grade 4 in GCSE English
What do I gain?
You could progress on to a science-based degree such as Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology, or consider a health-related profession.
What else do I need to know?
For more information on International entries, please contact international@activatelearning.ac.uk.

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Location :

2SFALVL04R Full-time Kings Road, Reading

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Start Date :

Monday 03 September 2018

End Date :

Wednesday 24 June 2020
2 Years
   

Please note – Fees may be subject to change

 

case study

Chinese student Qi Wang (known as Emma) was living in Australia when she decided that a UK education would help her towards her future career. 
 
Having done her research, Emma realised that the UK education system was more rigorous academically and a better fit for her future ambition of studying maths or statistics at the University of Cambridge. She is now studying the Science A-levels Pathway (Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths) at Reading College, part of Activate Learning.  
 
Emma found out about Reading College through her agent. She was impressed by the list of universities that previous students had gone to, such as Oxford, Cambridge and UCL, combined with the lively atmosphere and the excellent transport links to London and Heathrow Airport.
 
Emma said: “My teachers are really knowledgeable and helpful, especially my tutor Anna. They are very organised, too. We do lots of mock exams, which is helpful. I ask a lot of extra questions after class and they are always very patient and help me.”
 
“The A-level managers and staff helped me to apply to the UCL summer schools and advised me about how best to write my statements – I got a place! The library staff are also really helpful. I like the quiet study room and spend quite a bit of time there when I am not in lessons.”
 
During her time at Reading College, Emma has also got involved with the Students’ Union and volunteered at open events. She said: “I had the opportunity to talk to lots of different people, which I enjoy. It helps me with my English, as well as learning more about British culture.” 
 
She also won several awards at the A-level Star Awards, including the Further Maths and Physics Awards. Her Physics tutor said: “Emma's thirst for knowledge, her self-motivation to improve and achieve her maximum potential and her work ethics are outstanding. Emma achieved a Silver Award on the AS Physics Olympiad Challenge. Just two marks off a Gold!” Emma also won an award for ‘biggest contribution to college life’.
 
Coming to live and study in England away from her parents has helped Emma become more independent, preparing her for life at university. She lives with a host family who are very friendly. She has learnt to do things like open a bank account and learnt about British culture and everyday life.
 
Emma said: “I would recommend Reading College. Living in an English environment and meeting English people every day is far better than being at a language school. If you want to come abroad to study, an Activate Learning college will give you more opportunities to improve your English.”
 
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