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Chemistry

Aims

To develop a knowledge and understanding of the concepts of Chemistry and the skills needed to use them in new and changing situations.
To sustain and develop your enjoyment of, and interest in, Chemistry.
To develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment.
To be aware of how advances in Information Technology and instrumentation can be used in Chemistry.
To recognise the value of Chemistry to society and how it may be used responsibly.

What will I study?

All girls will have the opportunity to take AS and A2 in this subject.

The content of the A Level builds on GCSE topics such as atomic structure, amount of substance and bonding, as well as introducing new areas such as organic mechanisms, redox equations and instrumental methods. You will learn about the patterns and principles which help us to understand the complex world of chemicals and their reactions.

How will I be assessed?

Currently the AQA specification is studied for A Level. There will be three 2 hour papers at the end of Year 13, covering all the content studied in both Year 12 and Year 13. Compulsory practical tasks will be integrated into the course and the content of these tasks will be examined in the three written papers. There will be a practical skills endorsement as part of the A level. At AS level there will be two 1½ hour papers at the end of Year 12 covering all the topics studied in Year 12, including questions on practical work.

Desirable requirements

  • An enjoyment of, and an interest in, Chemistry
  • A minimum of Grade B (preferably A/A*) in each of Science and Additional Science at GCSE or Grade B (preferably A/A*) in Chemistry, plus a Grade B or higher in GCSE Mathematics
    N.B. Any internal candidates who have taken the Double Award in Years 10/11 should discuss taking the AS with the Head of Chemistry before a firm decision to opt for Chemistry is made.
  • A readiness to accept a challenge - the A Level course is a marathon not a sprint!

How will I study?

Practical work will be related to the theoretical work covered in lessons.  You will be encouraged to use a variety of text and ICT materials so that you can learn independently as well as in class.  Your homework will be designed to help you consolidate and extend the work done in lessons.

Where will it lead?

Many academic institutions, industrial organisations and professions appreciate the attitudes and skills gained during an A Level course in Chemistry. A Level Chemistry is a highly respected A level, which teaches you to be methodical, logical and analytical. It is a welcomed A Level for courses in Accountancy, and Finance and Law. It can really lead you anywhere.

Chemistry at A Level is an essential requirement for further studies in Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Veterinary Science.  Chemistry also combines well at Advanced Level with Biology, Food Technology, Geography, Physics, Mathematics and Textile Technology.

  

“I chose to study Chemistry due to my love for the subject throughout my school life, I would also like to study Medicinal Chemistry at university. Chemistry is an interesting subject and although it is difficult, it’s satisfying when you finally understand something.  Also, it shows to universities that you are independent and organised due to organising experiments yourself and meeting deadlines.”