Chemistry — A Level

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Course information

This programme gives our students a solid grounding in foundation Chemistry. The specification introduces the chemical reactivity of atoms and molecules which provides a detailed understanding of their structures. The development and use of periodic table is examined closely and explained clearly.
The Practical Skills Assignments (PSA) part of the specification allows credit to candidates for work done in routine class practicals.
Among the number of benefits gained from studying this programme, the specification is designed to encourage students to:
• Gain hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills
• Appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory
• Develop an enthusiasm for Chemistry
• Demonstrate a synoptic understanding
• Study Chemistry in a contemporary context
The first year is the AS year which is followed by A2 as the second year. The course is assessed in a number of ways. There are 4 exam units and 2 internally assessed units (incorporating the assessment of practical skills) spread through the 2 years.
For 16-18 year old (daytime) students, this A Level will be one of four A Levels you choose to make up a full time programme of study. You will study for a total of 18 hours per week plus one hour per week tutorial.
For people wanting to study AS in the evening, a full cost course is offered.


AQA AS/A Level Chemistry - Further details can be found at

This course leads to...

Successful completion enables students to either enter Higher Education or seek employment in chemical related industries.

It is also essential for pharmacy and medicine. Chemistry graduates work in a wide range of industries as well as in management.

Entry Requirements

City 6 Entry Requirements for 16-18s:

• The most important entry requirement is that you are committed and determined to do well
• You must achieve a minimum 2 Grade B's and 3 Grade C's at GCSE (including English) or equivalent (this equivalency will be discussed at our information evening and then in further detail at interview)
• Students taking the Sciences must also obtain at least a grade B in Maths.
• Students applying to study Physics, Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Spanish, Maths at A-level must obtain a grade B in the subject at GCSE.
• All places are conditional on results, subject to interview in June/July and a suitable reference from your school.

Applicants who are 19 or over will only be accepted onto evening provision for these particular courses.

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Further Information...

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Course ID: 159015

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 2 Years


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course, fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer.

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