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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 2225.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Chemistry is an important and exciting subject which is widely accepted as an excellent foundation for the world of work and higher education. This A-level complements many other subjects and is invaluable for higher level qualifications in fields such as medicine and pharmacy.

Entry requirements

You need five GCSE passes at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5.

Grade 6 in Chemistry is required if you have studied Triple Sciences or grade 6 is required in GCSE Combined Science.

Course Content

This A-level course involves the study of the following six modules and completion of a practical endorsement.

  1. Development of practical skills in chemistry
  2. Foundations in chemistry
  3. Periodic table and energy
  4. Core organic chemistry
  5. Physical chemistry
  6. Organic chemistry and analysis

 

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via three written papers at the end of the second year. Two of the three exams will be 2 hours 15 minutes, the other 1.5 hours. Your practical skills will be assessed in the written papers and through the practical endorsement.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

You can consider taking your study ambitions to the next level with a higher education course, choosing from a wide range of science-related degrees.

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Emily Gray

Emily Gray

Peak Award Winner Emily now studying for master’s in Australia

Former Peak Award winner Emily Gray was motivated to achieve “more than she ever thought she was capable of” while studying for A levels at Derby College.   And, since leaving Joseph Wright Centre 10 years ago, she has quite literally gone a long way – to university in Melbourne, Australia, to take a Master of Education degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis.  
 
Now 27, Emily received a Peak Award for Academic Studies after performing well in her sociology, history and psychology A levels and EPQ, the Extended Project Qualification.   While on her psychology degree course at the University of Leeds, Emily embarked on a study year at Monash University in Melbourne.  
 
And, since graduating, she has taught English in Peru, volunteered and worked in Sri Lanka and travelled in Australia before settling in Melbourne with her partner.  
 
Currently studying for her master’s at Monash University, Emily also works as a site manager at a centre-based intervention service based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for pre-school aged children on the autism spectrum.  
 
She ultimately wants to become a clinical psychologist or clinical director of an agency providing ABA.  
 
Commenting on her Peak Award in 2009, Emily added that it was “really unexpected and a huge honour.” She included the award in her CV and found it was “something she was able to talk about in interviews.”            

My lecturers were fantastic!  They were really passionate about their subject, particularly psychology lecturer Glyn Pickering, who motivated me and pushed me to achieve more than I thought I was capable of.


I also got great support at Derby College in applying for university and higher education. I was able to go on a residential trip to experience Oxford University, and received specialist and individual help with my application, personal statement and interview preparation.

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