Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.
Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
You will undertake a wide range of practical experiments, studying the compounds of carbon, when used to make a vast range of useful products – plastics, fuels, pharmaceutical, food and all living things. You will study the chemistry of all the other elements in the periodic table and their reactions and the compounds that they form. You’ll also learn about physical chemistry: The “hows and whys” of chemistry; the study of reactions as a whole and how they behave in organic chemistry.
Five GCSEs, grade C or above, including English Language and Maths. One of these GCSEs should be in Double Science at grade B or above. All applicants will be interviewed.
The AS-Level is 100% exam based. A minimum of a D grade is needed at AS Level to progress onto year 2 of the course. The A-Level is 100% exam based. Your final grade will solely be calculated from the results in your final papers. Assessment is an integral part of the overall learning process and our student centred approach aims to promote initiative and creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection and effective communication skills. Each subject has a number of assessments throughout the year and can include the following: external exams, independent research, presentations, essays, coursework and in-class tests.
Where will this course take you? Our students consistently achieve good final exam passes and continue on to a range of science degrees, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, food science, biochemistry, biomedical, metallurgy, environmental sciences, chemical engineering and applied chemistry. Professional employment opportunities include becoming a teacher, biochemistry/biomedical technician, laboratory technician, nurse, doctor, radiographer, and veterinary technician/nurse.
There are three AS or A2 classroom sessions per week and they fit in with your overall programme of study, usually across five days at college.