ChemistryAt its core, Chemistry is the science of transforming materials. Understanding Chemistry allows us to change the universe.
What is Chemistry?
In the Beginning
Chemistry is a demanding and rewarding subject. You will develop a wide range of skills such as visualisation, drawing, using symbols and equations, numeracy, problem solving and a good standard of written English. You will learn to use precision apparatus to make quantitative measurements, draw complex conclusions from observations and synthesise new substances. When you master these many aspects of Chemistry you will stand tall in the academic world, able to interpret and manipulate complex data; process subtle and sophisticated abstract concepts and synthesis new substances – some with long, unpronounceable names. You will be able to find solutions to real-world problems.
Chemistry is fun too!
With a good knowledge of Chemistry you will not only understand how to balance an equation, discuss moles like a pro and produce witch repelling potions at the drop of a hat but you will also have a better understanding of how everyday, real-world phenomena actually work. It won’t be long before you’re stood in the shower reading the back of your shampoo bottle and smiling to yourself at how clever you are for understanding the names of the chemicals on it.
What will I actually study?
At Abbey College Manchester we teach the Edexel syllabus and pride ourselves on approaching Chemistry in an interesting and practical way coupled with a thorough approach to the subject.
The first year A-Level course includes atomic structure and bonding, energetics, reactions of elements, moles calculations and organic chemistry.
The second year A-Level course is much more in depth and includes kinetics, equilibria, more organic reactions and organic synthesis, transition metals and redox equilibria.
There is no coursework but this has been replaced by 16 core practicals which are compulsory and carried out throughout the two years
Chemistry is one the most valued qualifications you can achieve, recognised for gaining entry onto a very wide range of university courses from the obvious choice of science & engineering to business, finance, law computing and many others. It is still the most important subject for medical sciences. As a qualified chemist, there is a huge choice of career open to you in science and technology but also in management, marketing, communications, law… the list goes on.
Am I Right for Chemistry?