Where is the course delivered?
- Bridgwater campus
Who is the course for?
Chemistry offers you the chance to extend your GCSE knowledge and really explore the subject through developing a logical approach to problem solving as well as developing your ability to understand abstract principles. The course encourages imaginative and critical thinking and develops your skills in laboratory procedures. It is in many ways a fundamental science and so highly valued by many universities and employers because of the skill set that you acquire.
What does the course involve?
The course is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of chemical processes in a variety of different contexts. Class discussion will give you an understanding of the theory, but you will also regularly be putting the theory into practice by doing practical work in our excellent laboratory facilities.
- Foundations in chemistry which picks up your GCSE knowledge and starts you to think more deeply about chemistry and what you thought you knew.
- The Periodic Table and energy which looks at patterns seen in elements and compounds and introduces you to chemical energetics.
- Core organic chemistry which starts an in-depth study of the world of polymers and common organic products.
- Physical chemistry and the transition elements which focuses on predictive chemistry and the chemistry of this particular group of elements.
- Organic chemistry and analysis which takes you deeper into the world of industrial chemistry looking at pharmaceutical synthesis, dyes and food additives as well as analytical techniques.
What makes this course special?
- The College is equipped with very modern laboratories in which you will carry out extensive and exciting practicals. Students also have access to an impressive array of support material including our virtual learning environment and some novel chemistry e.resources.
- Opportunities to take part in the RSC International Chemistry Olympiad and other competitions as well as undertake discovery learning.
Minimum of five GCSEs A* to C or 9 to 5 is recommended for A Level study including Maths and English. You will need a B or 6 or above in chemistry.
What are the assessment methods?
Internal written assessment after the first year
Written examinations at the end of the course (after 2 years) in May/June.
How long is the course?
What are the College attendance requirements?
You will receive 6 hours of tuition per week in the first year and 5 hours in the second year. Students are also expected to complete a significant amount of self-study.
Are there any additional costs for the course?
Students are expected to purchase a lab coat.
What are the progression options?
Students progress in most cases to university, chemistry is the most requested subject by Universities. There is a growing number moving to higher apprenticeships and some straight into the technical and analytical work place.
Other students choose to go directly into higher level courses at the college such as the foundation degrees.