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- ALevel Chemistry
Chemistry underpins our everyday existence. From the moment you are born and throughout your life, you
are surrounded by Chemistry- the air you breathe, the food you eat and the clothes you wear.
Chemistry is the study of substances, what they are made of, how they interact with each other and the role
they play in living things.
Whether you want to care for penguin colonies in Antartica or work in a dynamic business environment,
chemistry can help you achieve your goals. It is responsible for advances in the quality and comfort of our
lives and is central to our understanding of the natural world. Exciting products such as new fabrics for
sportswear, laptops and state of the art mobile phones are dependent on Chemistry. Many of the challenges
facing today’s society will be overcome with the help of chemical scientists.
Their work is central to the development of new sustainable energy resources and new medicines to
treat and cure diseases.
Chemistry is an exciting, challenging subject with the potential for significant personal and financial rewards.
Chemistry is involved in our everyday lives and there is a vast range of jobs and careers open to those
who have studied chemistry at any level; great career opportunities exist both inside and outside the laboratory.
Nobody knows what the jobs of the future will look like but many of them will be created in chemistry to solve
global challenges such as human health, energy and the environment.
Why Study Chemistry?
A qualification in the chemical sciences opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities.
As well as practical knowledge of the subject, chemical science students develop many other useful skills,
such as: problem solving,numeracy,communication,creativity,team working,time management,data analysis
These skills are highly valued by employers and chemical science graduates successfully enter all sorts of
Not all chemists wear white coats!
As well as practical knowledge of the subject, chemistry students develop many other skills prized by
employers, such as problem solving, numeracy, communication, creativity and data analysis.
Gaining these skills means
that you can have a future in all sorts of careers from finance to public relations.
Your future in chemistry: a few examples of what our students have gone on to study at university:
Energy and the environment Energy and the environment, Chemical Engineering, Natural Sciences and
Material Sciences, Engineering, Mining, Civil Aeronautical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Human Health Pharmacy, Medicinal Chemistry, Nutrition and Dietetics, Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry,
Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Osteopathy, Neuroscience, Sports Health, Dental Materials, Nursing.
Something different: Chemistry with Maths, Business and Finance, Actuarial Science,
Chemistry with Management, History and Sociology, Law, Economics and Management.
Subject specific entry requirements Science:
minimum of grade ‘7’ in GCSE Chemistry or ‘77’ at Combined Science
Mathematics: minimum of ‘6’ grade in GCSE
English: minimum of ‘6’ grade in GCSE