In addition to the standard college entry criteria (below) this course also requires either GCSE Combined Science grade 3,3 or GCSE Chemistry grade 3. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.
What will I study?
The GCSE Chemistry course is designed to develop your scientific knowledge and the conceptual understanding of chemistry. During the course, you will:
• Carry out compulsory Practical Activities that will enhance your understanding of chemistry theory and practical skills
• Learn Mathematical Skills and apply them to Chemistry scenarios
• Learn how to ‘Work Scientifically’ to develop your investigative and evaluative skills and to become equipped on how to answer scientific questions about the world around you
How will I study?
There are ten teaching units with practical skills, mathematical skills and working scientifically embedded throughout the course.
4.1 Atomic structure and the periodic table
4.2 Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
4.3 Quantitative chemistry
4.4 Chemical changes
4.5 Energy changes
4.6 The rate and extent of chemical change
4.7 Organic chemistry
4.8 Chemical analysis
4.9 Chemistry of the atmosphere
4.10 Using resources
The complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas in biology. These key ideas are of universal application, and we have embedded them throughout the subject content. They underpin many aspects of the science assessment.
How is the course examined?
After successful completion of the course you can progress on to L3 courses (A-Level Chemistry and/or BTEC Applied Science) or fill in the gaps in your GCSEs to progress on to specific careers such as Nursing or Teaching.
What does the course combine well with?
Chemistry can be combined with any other subject.
College Entry Requirements
Five GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English Language and Maths