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Course Introduction

Hayley Callen
A level Chemistry
Chemistry is the study of how the elements and their compounds behave. It overlaps with Physics and Biology as chemical principles underpin the physical environment in which we live, as well as all biological systems.




In this course you will develop essential knowledge and understanding of fundamental chemical concepts, as well as a variety of areas of chemistry, and you will get to grips with how these relate to each other. You will also develop a deeper appreciation of how chemistry plays a major role in providing the comfortable modern lifestyle we appreciate and how it contributes to the success of the economy and to society more broadly.

Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include Double Award GCSE Science Higher Tier 6,6 (or above) or GCSE Chemistry 6 (or above) plus a minimum of either GCSE Biology 6 or GCSE Physics 6. You must also have achieved GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or above, (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

100% Examination. Practical skills are embedded within the course and are assessed as part of the practical endorsement of the A level as well as in the written examinations.

What will I study?

Topics covered during the course include quantitative chemistry, atomic structure, chemical bonding and the Periodic Table, organic chemistry, transition metals, acids and amines, energy changes, rates of reaction and equilibria. The course also includes practical work which helps develop your understanding. 

Where will this course lead me?

Chemistry impacts on every part of our daily lives. Without chemistry there would be no plastics, cosmetics, brightly coloured dyes or synthetic fibres. There would be no drugs to fight disease, nor any methods to monitor pollution. Chemistry is an essential qualification for entry into Medicine, Dentistry, Biological Sciences and Veterinary Science and is preferred for entry into Physiotherapy

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Where next?
Liverpool University – Veterinary Science

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Competitive sport

The college has a number of teams that play as part of the Association of College’s league and are very competitive each year. We play games on a Wednesday afternoon, so this will make up part of your time-table.

There will be trials for male and female football, male and female rugby league and netball on Wednesday 9th September at 1.30pm, meet at the Sports Hall. Following trials will be a pizza and soft drink meeting in the Sports Hall to give you more information on the season. Hockey and Basketball will follow during the first week. Details will be emailed.

  • Male Football
  • Female Football
  • Male Rugby League
  • Female Rugby League
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey