LEVEL 3 Exmouth Community College Course Guide 2018
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A level

Board OCR

This course offers a stepping stone from GCSE Science and prepares you for the more in depth scientific study of higher education courses or the world of work in a scientific career.

In this course you will study areas of Physical, Organic and Inorganic chemistry, reaction kinetics, energetic and thermodynamics as well as analytical techniques and chemistry in the environment.

You will gain an appreciation of important chemical processes and principles which are fundamental to our understanding of the world around us, learning how scientists investigate phenomena.

The course is also heavily practical based and some questions in the final written assessments will assess your knowledge of practical procedures.

Where does it lead?

You could go on to study for a higher education degree in a range of science based subjects such as, chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, vetinary science, environmental science, pharmaceuticals, forensics, chemical engineering, mathematics.

While students have also gone onto study non science subjects such as classics, geography, economics, history, law, philosophy English literature amongst many others.

A scientific training also stands you in good stead for careers in a range of occupations from management to marketing.

Comments from students currently studying the course

‘One of my favourite things about Chemistry is how it is very relevant to the real world – there is always a realistic scenario in which you can apply your knowledge and find it useful’

‘The teaching is superb and help is always offered’

‘The best part of the course for me is the practical’s as they’re really interesting’

What qualifications do I need?

Standard college requirements:  5 GCSE’s grade 4.  Please note: You will need a minimum of a grade 5/6 in either the higher tier Chemistry papers of GCSE Combined Science or a grade 5/6 in GCSE Chemistry. You will also need a minimum of grade 4 in Maths.


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