Course overview

Chemistry A Level City of Bristol College

Chemistry is the science of materials: their composition, structure, properties, behaviour and the chemical changes they undergo during a reaction with other substances.

You can apply chemistry in all areas of the modern world. This includes the environment, engineering, medicine, pharmacology, forensics, geology, planetary science, food production, and industrial chemical production.

This course is an option within our science A Level pathway.

  • Science Pathway course code: ALSCIENCE

Find out more about our A Level pathways and how to apply

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for 16-18 years olds with an interest in chemistry, and who may be aspiring to a career in science.

What you'll learn

You will learn the fundamentals of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry in a supportive environment. Chemistry is an inherently experimental subject, so you will undertake practical work to help build your chemistry skills.

Topics of study include atomic structure, thermodynamics, optical isomerism, aromatic chemistry, periodicity, transition metals and many more.

Course entry requirements

To join this course you will need either:

Six GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and Maths, and Combined Science at a grade 7

OR

Six GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including Maths at grade 5 and Chemistry at grade 6

There is also an additional assessment which will be undertaken prior to enrolment.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the duration of the course via a combination of examinations and practical assessments.

Future career and study opportunities

After studying A Level Chemistry you may choose to progress into higher education to study Chemistry or another scientific subject. Potential career sectors include engineering, medicine, pharmacology, forensics, geology, planetary science and food production.

Additional costs

This course is free to anyone aged 16-18.

There is no formal list of additional costs.

However, if you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

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