Why should I study this subject?
As well as being inherent in our daily lives, chemistry is a fundamental subject in science. In different areas it overlaps with biology and medicine, with physics and engineering, and with geology and earth science. Thus, while it might be unusual for someone to study geology and then follow a career in biology, it is commonplace for chemistry students to move into these or any other area of science. As a result, many doors are open to students of chemistry, and career opportunities are very diverse.
AS Unit 1: Foundation Chemistry (The fundamental principles that form the basis of Chemistry) AS Unit 2: Chemistry in Action (This unit looks at the application of the principles developed in unit 1)
AS Unit 3: Investigative Skills Assessment A2
Unit 4: Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry (This unit develops the concepts of Physical Chemistry developed at AS)
A2 Unit 5: Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry (This unit looks at the applications of the principles developed in the course) A2
Unit 6: Investigative Skills Assessment Assessment 80% of the marks are gained from a Module exam for the 4 units. 20% of the marks are for investigative skills marked internally.
AQA, details can be found on the AQA website: www.aqa.org.uk
Some of the areas where chemists are to be found include: Medicine, dentistry, optometry, physiotherapy, all areas of industry, from the oil, chemical and pharmaceutical companies to a host of smaller enterprises producing new and specialist products in public health, forensic science, pharmaceutics and environmental protection in research in universities, government institutes, industry and private agencies in teaching at all levels in patent agencies & scientific journalism.
8 GCSE grades A*-C with at least a grade A or B in English and Mathematics and A*-A in Core science and a grade A*-B in additional science, or A*-B in Triple science.