Chemistry is all around us in the form of chemical reactions and studying it will help your child understand how molecules work including their physical and chemical properties, composition and structures.
Chemistry qualifications are highly regarded by both universities and employers, and studying it will enable your child to become more knowledgeable of the world around us. Chemistry is a popular choice if your child is interested in studying Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Engineering and Material Science later on at university.
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One or two years.
Why study it and what skills does it develop?
Chemistry is a well-respected and challenging academic subject.
By studying the course at GCSE level, you will gain greater scientific literacy by using contemporary and relevant contexts of interest such as environmental issues. You will study the patterns and properties of the elements and how these combine to produce useful materials. Throughout the course you will develop practical skills, powers of analysis and the ability to apply chemical concepts to an unfamiliar context.
By studying it at A level, you will develop your analytical and numerical skills. Problem-solving skills are developed as well as how to apply knowledge in unfamiliar contexts. An A level in Chemistry is prerequisite for gaining entry onto degree courses in Chemistry, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary science. It is a valuable subject to have if applying for broader natural sciences courses but also will be welcome in applications to study subjects such as Law and Philosophy because of the critical skills it teaches you.
What prior knowledge and skills are required?
A scientific background is useful but not essential. You should have inquisitive mind and desire to make discoveries through investigation. You should have the ability to follow a logical sequence of instructions and to be able to recall factual material.
A sound GCSE background is extremely useful but not essential. A minimum of grade B at (I)GCSE is desirable. You should have an inquisitive mind and a desire to make discoveries through investigation. You should also have the ability to follow a logical sequence of instructions and to be able to recall factual information.
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