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Chemistry

Chemistry Course

WJEC A-level Chemistry

We are surrounded by chemistry all day, every day. From the clothes we wear, to the food we eat and the vehicles we travel in, chemistry is an integral part of our lives.

Is this course right for me?

This course will provide you with a broad introduction to the three main areas of Chemistry (Organic, Inorganic and Physical) as well as covering the key concepts of Chemistry such as structures of compounds and how and why they react.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Chemistry grade B (plus another Science at grade B) or Science grade BB and Maths grade B
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview
  • Successful completion of current/relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well.

Over the two years you will develop your practical skills including planning and carrying out your own experiments. You will need a genuine interest in Chemistry and will be expected to complete a significant amount of private study over the two years.

Units to be studies include:

  • The language of chemistry, structure of matter and simple reactions
  • Energy, rate and chemistry of carbon compounds
  • Physical and inorganic chemistry
  • Organic chemistry and analysis
  • Practical

Learners also complete the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.

  • Practical examination
  • Written examination

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Academic researcher, Analytical chemist, Biotechnologist, Chemical engineer, Clinical scientist (biochemistry), Forensic scientist, Nanotechnologist, Pharmacologist, Research scientist (physical sciences), Scientific laboratory technician, Toxicologist.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You will need to provide you own lab coat
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional Information

Additional information

Level:

Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, we would like to hear from you.

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What are the entry requirements?

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Chemistry grade B (plus another Science at grade B) or Science grade BB and Maths grade B
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview

Current student – what are the entry requirements?

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well

  • Successful completion of current/relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

What will I learn?

Over the two years you will develop your practical skills including planning and carrying out your own experiments. You will need a genuine interest in Chemistry and will be expected to complete a significant amount of private study over the two years.

Units to be studies include:

  • The language of chemistry, structure of matter and simple reactions
  • Energy, rate and chemistry of carbon compounds
  • Physical and inorganic chemistry
  • Organic chemistry and analysis
  • Practical

Learners also complete the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.


Can I do this course in Welsh?

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.


How will I be assessed?

  • Practical examination
  • Written examination

What can I do next?

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Academic researcher, Analytical chemist, Biotechnologist, Chemical engineer, Clinical scientist (biochemistry), Forensic scientist, Nanotechnologist, Pharmacologist, Research scientist (physical sciences), Scientific laboratory technician, Toxicologist.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.


Do I need to bring/buy any equipment?

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You will need to provide you own lab coat
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Are there any additional costs?

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional information

Level:

Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

Disclaimer:
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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