Subject: Chemistry

Chemistry teaches useful skills. Learning chemistry means learning how to be objective and how to reason and solve problems. It helps you to understand current events, including news about petroleum, product recalls, pollution, the environment and technological advances. It makes life's little mysteries a little less.... mysterious. Chemistry explains how things work. Chemistry opens up career options. Chemistry is a challenging subject. Students learn chemistry by undertaking both theory and practical work. It combines well with other science subjects like Biology and Physics. The topics studied include Foundation Chemistry which includes atomic structure, periodicity and bonding. Chemistry in action covers chemical equilibrium, redox reactions, halogens and organic chemistry. 

Skills Attained:

Chemists are problem solvers. Their analytical skills make chemists versatile and adaptable so they work in interesting places. It requires the ability to work practically. Chemistry can help you make informed decisions such as will a product work as advertised or is it a scam? If you understand how chemistry works you'll be able to separate reasonable expectations from pure fiction. A chemist needs strong problem solving and critical thinking skills. These two skills will allow one to identify problems and evaluate and implement solutions.

Assessment:

Chemistry is assessed by written examination. The exams will cover both theoretical ideas and understanding of practical chemistry. There will also be a practical skills endorsement which will be assessed throughout the course, based on the teacher’s observation of practical ability. This will not form part of the final ‘A’ Level grade, but will be a separate endorsement.   

Future Opportunities:

Chemistry is considered to be a facilitating subject by the Russell Group universities so opens up options in a wide range of courses and can lead to jobs in numerous different fields. Students who aspire to go in medicine and dentistry need to have studied Chemistry at ‘A’ level. The analytical skills gained in chemistry are helpful to undertake jobs like an industrial chemist, analytical scientist and others. Many students achieve an undergraduate degree in chemistry to pursue a master's degree in engineering, particularly chemical engineering. A degree in Chemistry positions you perfectly for a career in research because it exposes you to key lab techniques and analytical methods, teaches you how to conduct and report research, and integrates all of the sciences, not just chemistry. You can get a job as a technician right out of college or use a chemistry degree as a stepping stone to advanced studies in chemical research, biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials, physics, biology, or really any science.