The Royal Society of Chemistry suggest that chemistry in simple terms is the study of molecules and atoms. Chemists strive to interpret what substances are made of, and how they interact with living things.
Chemistry A - level is fundamental for building the basic knowledge for university study in:
- Pharmaceuticals – developing and testing medicines.
- Food technology – creating foods and food additives.
- Manufacturing – developing and producing all types of materials.
- Petrochemicals – oil, gas and their products.
- Journalism and publishing – scientific books and journals, the popular press, textbooks and general science books.
- Forensics – examining evidence after a crime.
- Teaching or research – in academia or industry.
(Source: RSC 2018*)
If, however following A-level study your child decides to opt for a different career or university study they will have learned how to:
- Write scientific reports
- Solve complex problems
- Analyse data
- Conduct scientific experiments
- Developed logical reasoning skills (tested by all of the ‘big four’ accountancy firms.
Transition into Key Stage 5
At Thomas More we follow the advised programme of study to help ‘bridge the gap’ between GCSE and A-level study. There will be an admission test approximately a month into the course where a pass Is required for the student to remain on the course.
We follow the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Chemistry (9CH0) which is assessed as follows:
- Paper 1: Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry – (30%)
- Paper 2: Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry – (30%)
- Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Chemistry – (40%)
Additional and recommended learning tools or reading
- Physics and Maths Tutor
- Doc Brown Chemistry
- Course Recommend Books
- Mr Jack Hawkins (Head of department)
- Dr James Brushwood (Assistant Head Teacher)
- Pearson, Specification 2017.
- Royal Society of Chemistry, 2018
http://www.rsc.org/careers/future/parents (Date Accessed - 28/11/2018)