Chemistry is very much involved in tackling the problems faced by our modern society. On a given day, a chemist may be studying the mechanism for the recombination of DNA, measuring the amount of insecticide in drinking water, developing a biodegradable plastic, comparing the protein content of meats, improving pollution controls, developing a new antibiotic, or analysing a moon rock. The professional preparation for work on important projects such as these begins with the study of chemistry at GCE ‘A’ level.

Course Requirements

The minimum requirement for acceptance on this course is a Grade B in chemistry at IGCSE, GCSE or GCE ‘O’ level together with four other GCSE ‘C’ equivalent grades, two of which must be in mathematics and English language.

Course Description and method of assessment

  Unit   As applied to:
  1. Core principles
  2. Application of core principles
  3. Practical chemistry (I)
  • climate change
  • ‘green’ chemistry
  • pharmaceuticals
  • chemistry research.
  1. Rates, equilibria, organic chemistry
  2. Transition metals, further organic
  3. Practical chemistry (II)

Assessment is by examination and laboratory based course work.

What you can expect from the course

A study of key concepts in greater detail than IGCSE with a greater emphasis on explaining rather than simply describing the behaviour of molecules. Practical skills: observations, collecting data, analysis and formulating conclusions.

The applications and implications of science, the benefits and risks that science brings and the ways in which society uses science to make decisions.