From 2015 A levels are changing and there will be two courses replacing the one taught at present; one for AS Chemistry and one for A Level Chemistry.
AS Chemistry is a one year standalone course consisting of 4 modules. Practical skills are an essential part of chemistry education and the first module will focus on developing these, followed by essential knowledge of chemical reactions, the Periodic Table and core organic chemistry. There will be two exams at the end of the year and both papers will test modules 1 to 4. June 2016 will be the first time these papers are sat.
A Level Chemistry will be taught over two years and consists of 6 modules, the four above plus two more; physical chemistry and transition elements and organic chemistry and analysis. There will also be a practical endorsement associated with the A Level which is not part of the AS level. There are three exams for the A Level and the first cohort to sit these exams will be in June 2017.
Lessons are taught in an interactive style. Students are expected to participate in different activities such as group and pair work, peer and self-assessment and practical chemistry investigations. These will involve discussions with your fellow students and your teacher to enable you to come to a deep understanding of the concepts involved in chemistry.
Chemistry beyond the Classroom
Chemistry is all around us, from the clothes you wear, to the new smart materials that have a “memory” of their shape. To bring this to life your teachers will arrange visits to view relevant exhibitions at venues such as the Science Museum or Royal Institution and arrange for visits to university science departments so that you can experience what life would be like as an undergraduate.
Earl B and Wilford LDR, Introduction to Advanced Chemistry
American Chemical Society, Chemistry in Context
Royal Society of Chemistry website: http://www.rsc.org/
Royal Institution website: http://www.rigb.org/ New Scientist – journal produced on a weekly basis
BSix Chemistry alumni
Many BSix chemistry students have gone on to study for science degrees in a number of different universities, many of them part of the Russell Group.
Chemistry opens the doors to many careers and a wide choice of degree subjects so take the plunge and enrol with us now.
If you have any questions about our courses please contact the Admissions team on 0800 3892 947 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for a curriculum specialist to respond to your enquiry
Chemistry at BSix is taught by Govinda Sampat, Charles Roberts-McIntosh and Angela Liiv.
Govinda has been teaching at BSix for eight years and has had many successes with A level chemistry.
Charles and Angela have recently joined the staff and between them have many years teaching experience in schools and other colleges.