A-level Chemistry

From making a cup of tea to charging a mobile phone, chemistry is involved in everything we do.

Chemistry is at the forefront of advances in designing new materials, energy use, drug development and technology – pretty much every aspect of life. If you like to ask ‘why?’ and find the answer, this is the course for you.

Why study Chemistry?

Chemistry explores the building blocks of all living and nonliving substances and tries to explain why certain substances interact with each other, how they interact and what happens when they interact.

Chemistry will challenge your ideas and concepts and hopefully give you an appreciation of the way Chemistry is used in all aspects of everyday life.

To study at Cowley Sixth Form College, you must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent, graded 9 – 4, across four separate subjects, including GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

In addition, a positive college interview is required.

In addition, a grade 6 – 6 or above in GCSE Combined Science, or a grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry is required.

Due to the Mathematical content, students are required to achieve a minimum grade 6 in GCSE Maths, and students who are not sitting Maths A-level should undertake a Core Maths element in their timetable.

100% examination at the end of Year 13.

Chemistry is probably the most useful Science A-level to have as it enables progression to many further courses, including: Chemistry, Material Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Engineering/Chemical Engineering.

Chemistry is mandatory if you wish to follow any medical course, such as: Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Pharmacology.

I find Chemistry fascinating. I enjoyed it at GCSE and want to pursue a career in medicine which ties in nicely.

Cowley is a positive environment, the teachers are specialists in their subjects and really support you.

Chemistry student

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