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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?
Six GCSEs grade A*- C including a minimum grade B in maths and a minimum grade C in chemistry (or additional science) and English Language. A minimum of a D grade at AS allows you to progress on to your second year of study.
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?
The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £12,950 per year. Scholarships of up to £6,250 are available, for more information on International entries contact international@activatelearning.ac.uk.
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