A level Chemistry practical courses at Greene's

There are four different A level Chemistry practical courses to chose from.

An A level & AS foundation practical course of four sessions suitable for people who have little or no experience of working in a laboratory or who need a refresher on laboratory techniques and the correct and safe use of laboratory equipment and materials.  This is a course designed to help prepare the groundwork for the twelve assessed practicals required to achieve the A level practical endorsement.

The foundation course is strongly recommended for students who have not studied A level science before; who are unsure of their A level Chemistry practical skills or how to work safely with chemicals; and who need to pass their A level practical endorsement first time.

An A level (year 1) and AS starter practical course of six practicals for either as part of the practical endorsement required for the full Chemistry A level qualification or to help prepare the Chemistry AS qualification CIE exam.

An A level (year 2) completer practical course consisting of a second set of six practicals to complete the practical endorsement required for the Chemistry A level qualification.

Intensive spring A level practical endorsement course – An alternative one week intensive course in Oxford if you are unable to come to Greene’s on a regular weekly basis.  Success on these intensive courses requires considerable pre-course preparation as well as a pre-course assessment.

The table below may help you select the right course(s):

Examination board:Experimental
competency
ASA levelPractical
endorsement
AQACIEEdexcelOCRWJEC
Foundation course
(A level & AS)
Starter course
(A level year 1 & AS)
Completer course
(A level year 2)
Intensive course

A level Chemistry practicals course tutor: Dr David Egawhary

David has a background in both teaching and scientific research.  He holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a M.Sc. in Molecular Biology, both from the University of Manchester, as well as a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Warwick.

David has carried out research on the structure and chemistry of macro-molecules, such as cytochrome c, as well as research in medicinal chemistry where he worked on the development of nucleoside analogues, combined with flow cytometry techniques, to determine their effect on the growth profiles of tumour cells.

David obtained his PGCE from the University of Oxford in 2000, and has been teaching in schools and colleges since.

A level Chemistry practicals at Greene’s

David describes the purpose of Chemistry practicals is the following way:

Practical work is an essential part of training in any science-based subject.  It serves to reinforce key principles, and allows students to gain a deeper insight into the complexities and involvement of confounding factors.  It also highlights the inter-relationships between different aspects of science.  This provides a good basis for study of the subject after A levels.

To apply to attend a Chemistry practical course please complete our online application.

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