North Bristol Post 16 Centre

North Bristol Post 16 Centre

North Bristol Post 16 Centre

Cotham and Redland Green Learning Communities


Awarding Body


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A Level

100% examination plus a ‘Practical Endorsement’ qualification internally assessed as pass/ fail

Minimum requirement for entry onto the course

Centre entry requirements + 2 x grade 6 in either combined or separate sciences (not applied science), including biology, and a grade 6 in maths

Why should I follow this course?

Chemical reactions are happening all around us and are fundamental to our survival and way of life. Studying chemistry at A Level is about discovering the mechanisms of these reactions at a molecular level and watching the results happen in front of you.

If you enjoy learning through experimental work and are a talented and passionate scientist, then chemistry is the course for you. It will enable you to understand more about the physical and chemical properties of materials around you and understand their interactions. Good chemists develop many skills: practical, mathematical and analytical, which are highly valued by university and employers, whatever future path you choose to take.

What will you learn?

You will study the following modules in A Level Chemistry

Module 1 - Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2 - Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 - Periodic table and energy

Module 4 - Core organic chemistry

Module 5 - Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6 - Organic chemistry and analysis

What learning and teaching methods will be used?

Students will learn chemistry through a range of interactive activities. These will include teacher-led activities, discussions, web-based activities and experimental work. Practical work is a huge part of chemistry, with mathematics skills playing an important role in the understanding of chemical processes.

What can I do with my qualification?

Chemistry is a central area in science and as such it overlaps with other areas. This results in chemistry being an essential requirement for admission to university to study a range of subjects including biochemistry, chemical engineering, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science and pharmacy. In many universities it is also required for subjects such as agriculture, geology and biology.

What minimum qualifications will I need?

NBP16C level 3 entry requirements, including 66 in GCSE sciences (not Applied Science) and a grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

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