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welcome Welcome to Carmel College, where students leave with more than just outstanding results. We are an 11-18 Catholic Academy with an outstanding record of academic achievement at both GCSE and A Level, which places the College as one of the top performing schools in the country. We are committed to providing the highest standard of education for all children and are driven by the ideal of “every child, every opportunity”. Success is not measured simply by academic achievement but also in extra-curricular provision. The College has an outstanding academic record as well as success in areas such as PE, Music, Drama and The Arts. As a Catholic College, we are guided by the values contained in the Gospels, providing an environment of joyous corridors and purposeful classrooms, with the expectation that students have a rewarding and fulfilling experience during their time with us. Mike Shorten Principal, Carmel College Deputy CEO, Carmel Education Trust So you are starting to think about your next step after secondary school. Choosing where to go can sometimes be confusing but don’t let it daunt you. By choosing Carmel VI Form, you will be making a decision that will help ensure your safe passage to the wider world of higher education or successful employment. At Carmel VI Form we work hard to promote a balance between the structure you have been used to in secondary school and greater independence. There are many differences between life in VI Form and life in secondary school. A Level work is challenging and time-consuming but here at Carmel we will support you and provide outstanding academic and pastoral care throughout your time as a VI Form student and also equip you with the practical and emotional tools you need to help you cope with the increased pressure of being a VI Form student. VI Form is an exciting time in your life and by choosing the subjects you love, studying is made much more enjoyable. If you want to get lost in a huge FE college, then Carmel VI Form is not for you. We focus on a core of just over 300 students, which we believe is the right size to offer dedicated facilities, outstanding teaching and really focus on helping our students to make the right choices to succeed at university, in life and employment. Our College has a history of successful students. Every year we achieve excellent results and our students go on to study at many of the UK’s leading universities. Carmel VI Form is full of new opportunities. We are a community built on ‘Academic Strength and Spiritual Depth’ ; a community of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds who come together to work, play, reflect, compete, discover, analyse and ultimately succeed. It is my firm belief that every young person wants to be part of something great. Therefore, whether you are already a Carmel student, or coming to us from another school, I am confident you will find Carmel VI Form to be a great place to grow and learn. Louise Parnaby Head of VI Form

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contents 3 Meet The Team Enrichment At Carmel Top Ten Reasons to Choose Carmel Where Are They Now? Leadership Team Extended Leadership Team Your Application 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 COURSES Extended Project Qualification 11 AS/A Level COURSES Art Biology Business Chemistry Computer Science Design and Technology/Electronics Design and Technology/Product Design English Language English Literature Geography History Mathematics 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Mathematics (Further) Media Studies Modern Foreign Languages Music Photography Physical Education Physics Psychology Religious Studies Sociology Textiles 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 BTEC & LEVEL 3 COURSES Children’s Play, Learning and Development Health and Social Care Mathematical Studies Performing Arts Public Uniformed Services Applied Science Sports Leadership 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 CAMBRIDGE TECHNICALS LEVEL 3 COURSES Information Technology (IT) Sport and Physical Activity 42 43

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meet the team We believe in team work here at Carmel VI Form and therefore have a wide management team to ensure that the needs of every student is met. mrs l parnaby head of vi form lparnaby@c armel.org.uk Mrs Parnaby is the Head of VI Form and teaches Mathematics. Her role is to lead, inspire and motivate all students in the VI Form. She looks after their welfare, ensures that they have a consistently outstanding holistic experience in our VI Form and ultimately achieve their potential. She is responsible for the strategic direction of the VI Form and works closely with all Curriculum Leaders to ensure that the Key Stage 5 curriculum offers a high degree of quality and challenge. In addition, she is responsible for the admissions process to VI Form. mrs s lowe vi form data and tracking slowe@c armel.org.uk Mrs Lowe tracks the progress of all students in the VI Form and teaches Mathematics. Her role is to ensure students make good progress towards their target grades. She also monitors attendance and provides data for the VI Form Management Team so that students can be supported to reach their full potential. mrs e lewis assistant head of vi form elewis@c armel.org.uk Mrs Lewis is an assistant head of VI Form and also teaches PE. Her role is to support the Head of VI Form to ensure a consistent approach to all that the college has to offer. She also focuses on pastoral support and is available to help, advise and guide students to achieve their full potential within VI form. ms l dodds vi form administrator ldodds@c armel.org.uk Ms Dodds is the VI Form Administrator and is based in the Main School Office. She is the first point of contact for both students and parents and can be reached via her direct line on 01325 523421. She works in support of the VI Form Management Team, dealing with student and parent queries and helps in the processing of VI Form administration. your tutor Your tutor plays a vital role in supporting you through the next one or two years. Being in the VI Form is much more complex than in Secondary School. There are many more decisions to make and most have greater consequences for your future. You will need to be well informed and well advised. This is where your VI Form Tutor comes in. It is their role to support you in adjusting to the extra freedom and responsibility that being a VI Former brings. This includes the vital task of helping you to become a more independent learner so that you can rise to the challenge of VI Form learning and beyond into university and employment. You will have the opportunity for one-on-one or small group tutorials; this is the place to ask for help and support.

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top ten reasons to join us 1 We are the only college in the area rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. 2 We are a community where everyone is welcome; Carmel is open to students of any faith or none and everyone is supported in their particular journey. Students from various different schools in Darlington and the surrounding areas come together to make our VI Form amazing. 3 We offer bespoke packages to our students. We look at each individual’s strengths and weaknesses and the skills you possess and we tailor a package to suit you. After receiving important information and guidance, students can select 3, 4 or 5 A Levels with the opportunity also to complete either the EPQ, Mathematical Studies and/or Sports Leaders Awards. 4 Excellent exam results each year, of which we are very proud. Our students progress to the finest universities in the country – and sometimes beyond these shores. Some move directly into apprenticeships or employment and all are provided with individual advice and careful support. Our A*-B grades for the past 3 years are 56%, which is significantly higher than the national average. 5 We have a strong team of VI Form tutors who track the progress of each student, assisting them every step of the way in their academic and personal development and providing outstanding pastoral care. 6 We value our VI Form students very highly and they are afforded many privileges. As well as having access to the whole College, they have their own common room, complete with a pool table, Playstation, hot and cold drinks machine and an all-day bistro. 7 Our subject teachers are all highly qualified and experienced A Level teachers. Carmel VI Form is for students who want to achieve at the highest level. The curriculum is wide-ranging and includes traditional A Levels alongside vocational courses. 8 There are many opportunites to get involved in a number of activities and events beyond the classroom, all part of our extensive enrichment programme. The College has an unrivalled history of sporting success, a great tradition of amazing musical productions and a well-established Duke of Edinburgh scheme. There are also fantastic opportunities to travel to places such as Paris, Lourdes and the USA. 9 We currently offer a successful Bursary scheme. The Bursaries are intended to provide financial help to young people aged 16 to 19, who face financial barriers to participating in education or training, provided they meet agreed standards of attendance and behaviour. 10 Carmel VI Form has a dynamic and focused Student Leadership Team. There are many opportunities to develop leadership skills at Carmel. In addition to the roles for which students are elected, there is the opportunity for all to be involved in the running of the school and assisting staff with day-to-day duties.

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where are they now? 77 “I chose Carmel because I wanted a smaller college with a personal approach. The teachers took their time to get to know me as a person as well as a student and I was pushed to improve my strengths and work ethic, meaning I now have the vital skills to succeed at university. I loved it, every second of it.” Zoe Bell Previous School: Staindrop Subjects: Textiles, Maths and Business Destination: Norwich University of the Arts to study Textile Design “I absolutely loved my time at Carmel. It has left me with memories and friendships that I will treasure for the rest of my life. There was a different atmosphere to other VI Forms. Carmel is about so much more than just getting the grades you need. From the start I knew that my teachers cared about me as an individual and wanted us to have the best experience possible, as well as pushing us to do well academically.” emma morrison Previous School: SFX Subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Maths Destination: Newcastle University to study Medicine “Throughout my studies at the College, I received the support to get the results I needed. After deciding not to go to university, I received advice on my CV and apprenticeship application from my form tutor and careers adviser which all played a part in getting me where I am now.” Harry Carvey Previous School: Carmel Subjects: Maths, Geography and Photography Destination: Engineering apprentice at GlaxoSmithKline “I never would have had the confidence or the ambition to apply to Oxford without the support and encouragement of members of staff. The preparation and effort that they provided was invaluable.” catherine lavender Previous School: Carmel Subjects: Maths, Geography and History Destination: Oxford to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics “Choosing Carmel for VI Form allowed me to have the family feel of a smaller College whilst having great quality teaching. For the two most pivotal years of your education, it is vital to feel supported and encouraged - Carmel allowed me to feel that.” alasdair malcom Previous School: Carmel Subjects: Maths, History and Sociology Destination: University of Sheffield to read Law

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leadership team Harvey Bowman Head Boy Harvey Bowman I chose to Form after tphHreoega5rdeyseBsaortysospCeanrmt heel rVeI, as I felt it was right for me. I believe it has given me the best possible chance to succeed in life through the supporting nature of the staff and fellow students. The college has a wide range of resources and fantastic facilities which enables students to have the best possible college experience. Overall, I would highly recommend Carmel VI Form. Chloe Summers Head Girl Having come from an external school, I was drawn to Carmel VI Form not only because of its incredible academic success, but also for the wealth of opportunities it offered - including sports events, charity fundraisers, and academic challenges. Being the smallest college in Darlington enhances Carmel’s extensive support system and allows every individual’s needs to be met with compassion. Carmel was my obvious choice of VI Form because of its inclusive atmosphere. Mathew Pearson Deputy Head Boy I have studied at Carmel since 2011, and I have realised staff genuinely care for you - even if you’re an external student who has joined the Carmel family. The college has great connections with universities and employers around the country, and they always make sure that you’re confident before they send you off on your next adventure. Carmel gives students the opportunity to visit places all over the world, so before you leave Carmel, should you choose to take part, you will have already seen the world, and you’ll only be 18 years old. It’s amazing. Lucy Coxon Deputy Head Girl I chose to come to Carmel VI Form because of the different opportunities offered to me. I have visited Lourdes with the Carmel VI group and was pushed out of my comfort box by doing things I never thought I would have done! Carmel is great with preparing you for life after sixth form, and gives you the support that you need whilst making important decisions about your future. There is a fantastic support network of staff who push you so that you can achieve your potential ... and more! Benedict Humble Deputy Head Boy Harriet Morrin Deputy Head Girl I chose to come to Carmel because of the fantastic experience I had here throughout my time at secondary school: the sense of community, the excellent teaching and the opportunities to be involved, were something I wanted more of going into sixth form. It was an easy decision for me. After spending 5 years at Carmel, I felt that my progression into its VI Form was inevitable as I had already experienced its excellent teaching and friendly enviroment. Carmel has not only furthered my knowledge in the subjects I’m studying but it has educated me with independence and skills for future preferences.

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extended leadership 9 The Extended Leadership Team consists of four teams, which offer something for everyone. We hope to enrich the time spent at Carmel VI Form and below are the aims and purposes of each of our teams. Academic Strength Carmel VI Form offers many opportunities for students to achieve academically, develop their knowledge, and engage with the arts, whilst broadening their views and beliefs. Academic strength not only provides students with any support they might require, but also allows them to take their learning a step further by providing the opportunity to lead revision sessions or help out in lower school lessons. The VI Form offers a variety of experiences to celebrate and enhance academic achievement, ranging from topical debates and discussion groups to a regional ‘University Challenge’. Academic Strength endeavours to ensure that every student receives the support necessary for their time at college, as well as enjoying the many experiences offered to students at Carmel allowing them to grow intellectually. Sport Carmel VI Form showcases a wide variety of sporting activities, to suit all student’s abilities and interests. Carmel offers opportunities to compete against other colleges in the North East of England in a range of sports: football, netball, hockey, volleyball and more. The college also holds extensive inter-form sports’ competitions for all e.g. 5-aside football, rounders, and cricket competitions. Spiritual Depth The Spiritual Depth team at Carmel aim to promote religion as an active part of college life, focussing on our values: compassion, community and charity. The VI Form encourages students of all faith backgrounds to feel part of a community that provides them with spiritual guidance as well as the opportunity for spiritual growth. Spiritual Depth offers students opportunities throughout the year to become involved with religious celebrations and gatherings, a wealth of charity events for HCPT and CAFOD, and even experience a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Events and Fundraising As the events and fundraising team, we are best known for organising student socials, which are memorable events that give students the opportunity to get to know each other. However, this is not the only thing we are involved with. We work with staff to organise fundraising events in aid of the VI Form focus charity “Teenage Cancer Trust” and others, such as the British Heart Foundation and Peru Project.

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your application At Carmel College we treat all applications in exactly the same way. Entrance to the VI Form is not based on religious affiliation. Any candidate who meets our conditions will be invited in for a consultation and places are offered on commitment and merit. Our entry requirements are at least 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4, including English Language, Maths and any other subject-based grades specified. We pride ourselves on attracting the best students from many different schools and look forward to receiving your application. where are you now? This is just a guide. However, you will have an opportunity to discuss the number of courses you study when you speak to the VI Form Team. How do i find out more? Application forms are available from the College and an online version can be found on the College website at www.carmel6.org.uk/apply. For more information please contact Loraine Dodds, VI Form Administrator on ldodds@carmel.org.uk or call 01325 523421.

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epq AQA extended project - 7993 11 The Programme The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a stand alone qualification designed to extend and develop students’ skills in independent research and project management. The EPQ is awarded UCAS points worth half an A Level and is recognised by universities and employers; some leading universities, such as Durham University, make alternative offers to students undertaking an EPQ. The EPQ requires students to carry out research on a topic that they have chosen and is not covered by the other qualifications. They then use this research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production. A student can take inspiration from something studied in class or something completely unrelated to their studies. What does it involve? Students work independently with a staff supervisor for an hour a week to undertake a research project of their choice, producing either a 5,000 word research project or an artefact supported by a 1,000 word research document. The assessment rewards learning process over final product; a successful EPQ student will need the skills to work independently. All our students, no matter what their course of study, are able to add this qualification to their programme. why study this subject? The EPQ is an independent research project where you can learn about and begin to develop the higher level skills that are essential for university study. You can visit university libraries to gain an insight into the size and scale of them and to experience studying in that environment. The EPQ is increasingly popular with universities looking for candidates who can demonstrate their ability to conduct detailed, independent research in the manner that is expected of a higher education student: career possibilities The EPQ is a great addition to any CV as you can tailor the research topic to suit your needs. This allows you to focus on your own area of interest and spend time investigating this in detail, achieving a qualification, as well as developing the skills, knowledge and confidence that will help you in both job and university interviews. “…the potential benefits of extended projects are enormous … Cambridge is one of many universities which support extended projects as good preparation for degree-level study.” “As a research-intensive university, Manchester is very supportive of the skills that the Extended Project encourages learners to develop.” “Nearly 1 in 5 successful applicants to Durham had completed the EPQ” - The Sunday Times 16 Feb 2014.

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art (fine art) Fine Art AS - 7242/C 7242/X Fine art A Level - 7202/C 7202/X The Programme Students are required to produce two coursework and exam units over the two year course. Candidates will develop a coursework portfolio based on given themes, such as “Music”, “Structures”, “Feast for the Eyes” and “Surfaces”. The GCSE Art course requires students to work in sketchbooks, researching and developing ideas, towards a final outcome. All units of work will include looking at the work of other artists and designers, supported by visits to galleries and museums. Teaching is directed at the needs, strengths and interests of the individual student. All units of work are tailored to allow the individual to explore original and creative solutions in any or several of the following techniques: print making, sculpture, photography and ICT, painting and drawing, mixed media and collage relief techniques. There is a balance of learning activities, which include specific skill and technical instruction, self and peer assessment and one to one tutorials. The exam board we use is AQA and the A Level will be assessed on students personal investigation unit worth 60%, including a 3,000 word essay and an externally set unit worth 40%, including a 15 hour practical exam. This is internally marked and externally moderated. For students opting to only complete AS, the coursework portfolio (60%) and externally set unit (40%) is internally marked and externally moderated. why study this subject? Art enhances fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination, problem solving skills, lateral thinking, complex analysis and critical thinking skills. No matter what career you choose, those who can arrange, present and display material in a way that is aesthetically pleasing have an advantage. Art makes us look at things anew, appreciate beauty, embrace diversity, it broadens our cultural horizons and develops our personal resources. Communicating with colour and shape and form awakens the imagination, sharpens our senses and expresses our identity. If you love making art, you’ll miss it when it’s gone. If you do choose to study Art, it is likely to be your favourite class of the day. career possibilities There is a wide variety of careers that you could follow with an art qualification: graphic designer, packaging designer, milliner, photographer, stylist, advertising designer, architect, fashion designer, video editor, web design, film director, jeweller, animator, children’s book illustrator, cartoonist, interior designer, stage/costume designer, fashion journalist, printmaker, fabric designer, camera operator, selfemployed artist or a teacher.

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biology OCR biology AS - H020 ocr biology A Level - H420 13 career possibilities Biology develops the skills of planning, evidence gathering, analysis and critical thinking. As well as the more obvious career links such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, ecology, veterinary medicine, etc., it is looked favourably upon for a large number of non-science careers and courses, including Law, Computing, Accountancy, Teaching and Sports Science. This list is by no means exhaustive and there is a huge number of other careers and degree courses which look favourably on Biology. Biology clearly combines well with the other science subjects and mathematics but is also commonly taken alongside subjects such as psychology, sport and geography. The Programme In Year 12 (and AS) biology students will study: Cell structure and Microscopy; Biochemistry; Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids; Enzymes; Biological Membranes; Cell Division, Cell Diversity and Cellular Organisation; Exchange with the environment; Transport in animals; Transport in plants; The immune system and disease; Biodiversity; Classification and evolution. For the full A Level, all of the above topics are studied, plus: Communication and homeostasis; Excretion; Nervous Communication; Hormonal Communication; Responses to change; Photosynthesis; Respiration; Genetics and Cellular control; Patterns of Inheritance; Manipulating Genomes; Cloning and Biotechnology; Ecosystems; Populations and Sustainability. During VI Form lessons, you will experience various teaching methods and styles such as demonstrations, practical work, lectures, handouts/notes, ICT work and one-to-one support. You will be expected to work much more on your own than you did at GCSE and to take a greater responsibility for your own organisation and learning. There are five main areas that A Level students need to be prepared for: organising time, coping with workload, note-taking, reading around the subject and self-motivation. Students will sit the AS exams at the end of the first year of study. All exams will have questions covering the whole of the relevant subject content – there are no “module” exams – and include a range of question styles: multiple choice, structured questions and longer answer, essay questions. why study this subject? Biology is the study of life and is therefore a very wide-ranging subject, examining the functioning and inter-dependence of living organisms from the molecular level, through the microscopic and whole-organism levels, to global issues of ecology and sustainability. Biology is regarded as the youngest of the main sciences and every day there are new discoveries being made as more and more focus is given to biological research, which is a rapidly-expanding field. Many of the big challenges that face the world in the 21st century, such as coping with climate change, feeding an expanding population, combatting disease, etc. will all need to be answered with the help of biologists.

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business WJEC Eduqas A Level Busines - A510QSL The Programme The subject content enables learners to investigate different types and sizes of organisations in various business sectors and environments, drawing on local, national and global contexts. Students will develop an holistic understanding of business and enterprise and be aware of the opportunities and threats of operating in a global marketplace. They will be expected to be familiar with current issues in business and be able to investigate, analyse and evaluate contemporary business opportunities and problems in a wide range of contexts, whilst recognising how businesses adapt to operate in a dynamic business environment. Students will gain an understanding of the important role played by small businesses in the economy and the opportunities that exist for entrepreneurs, as well as the importance of established business and not-for-profit organisations in providing goods and services. They will also apply a number of analytical techniques, including decision-making models, investment appraisal tools and ratio analysis, to investigate business opportunities and problems to determine business strategy in a range of contexts. The three components are all written exams at 33% each: Business Opportunities and Business Functions, Business Analysis and Strategy, and Business in a Changing World. The AS only option has two component exams and the full A Level has three component exams at the end of the two year course. Lessons offer a range of engagement and challenging teaching and learning styles, including student led mini - projects to allow development of team building, communication, leadership and many more. These will be a combination of teacher-led, student-led, independent enquiry, independent research projects and mini enterprise challenges. why study this subject? This A Level specification introduces learners to the dynamic business environment and the importance of entrepreneurial activity in creating business opportunities and sustaining business growth. Learners will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of essential skills required for higher education and employment. The focus of the specification is to nurture an enthusiasm for studying business using contemporary contexts, allowing learners to develop an appreciation of the strategic, complex and inter-related nature of business issues from a local to a global perspective. career possibilities This course provides a suitable foundation for the study of business or a related area through a range of higher education courses, progression to the next level of vocational qualifications or employment. Other subjects which match well with Business Studies are: Mathematics, Information Technology and Media Studies.

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chemistry aqa chemistry AS - 7404 aqa chemistry A Level - 7405 15 The Programme In Year 12 (and AS) chemistry students will study: Atomic structure; Bonding; Energetics; Kinetics; Chemical Equilibria; Redox Reactions and Equations; Periodicity; Groups 2 & 7 Elements; Alkanes; Halogenoalkanes; Alkenes; Alcohols; Organic analysis. For the full A Level, all of the above topics are studied, plus hermodynamics; Rate Equations; Equilibrium Constants; Electrode Potentials and Electrochemical cells; Acids and bases; Period 3 elements and their oxides; Transition metals; reactions in Aqueous Solution; Optical isomerism; Aldehydes and ketones; Carboxylic acids; Aromatic Chemistry; Amines; Polymers; Amino Acids, Proteins and DNA; Organic Synthesis; NMR Spectroscopy; Chromatography. During VI Form lessons, you will experience various teaching methods and styles such as demonstrations, practical work, lectures, handouts/notes, ICT work and one-to-one support. You will be expected to work much more on your own than you did at GCSE and to take a greater responsibility for your own organisation and learning. There are five main areas that A Level students need to be prepared for: organising time, coping with workload, note-taking, reading around the subject and self-motivation. Students will sit the AS exams at the end of the first year of study. At AS, Papers 1 & 2 are worth 50% each and cover different areas of the syllabus – there are no “module” exams. At A2 there are three papers. Each paper includes a range of question styles: multiple choice, structured questions and longer answer essay questions. Practical skills are now assessed separately and do not contribute marks to the overall A Level grade but will be reported separately at the end of the full A Level course as Pass/Fail on the “Practical Endorsement”. why study this subject? Chemistry is an incredibly fascinating field of study. Because it is so fundamental to our world, chemistry plays a role in everyone’s lives and touches almost every aspect of our existence in some way. Chemistry sometimes is called the “central science” because it connects other sciences to each other, such as biology, physics, geology and environmental science. Chemistry is essential for meeting our basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, health, energy, and clean air, water, and soil. Chemical technologies enrich our quality of life in numerous ways by providing new solutions to problems in health, materials and energy usage. Thus, studying chemistry is useful in preparing us for the real world. career possibilities Chemistry is a very useful ‘general’ qualification as, like all of the sciences, it develops the skills of planning, evidence gathering, analysis and critical thinking. As well as the more obvious career links such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, chemical engineering, pharmaceuticals etc., it is therefore looked favourably upon for a large number of non-science careers and higher education courses, including Law, Computing, Accountancy, Teaching and Sports Science. This list is by no means exhaustive, however, and there is a huge number of other careers and degree courses which look favourably on A Level Chemistry.

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