A-Level Chemistry is now a two year linear course culminating in terminal examinations. The practical side of chemistry is no longer assessed through coursework, but instead in exam questions within the three A2 papers. Practical activities are still an integral part of the course, and students will work towards gaining a Practical Endorsement of their skills.
We do not enter students for the AS examinations at the end of Y12, instead choosing to internally assess their progress at that stage of the course. The result of this internal assessment is rigorously checked against national standards and the grade that students attain is comparable to the AS qualification.
A-Level Chemistry is highly regarded by both universities and potential employers. It can lead to careers in a wide range of fields, including, but not limited to: Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Biomedical Sciences, Research, Engineering, Law, Forensics and many more. Taking Chemistry at A-Level certainly won’t limit your options!
Enrichment opportunities in Chemistry include visiting speakers to discuss STEM-related careers and participation in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual Olympiad. We also organise University trips so that our students can carry out experiments in a real laboratory before examining their compounds on powerful analytical machines. We run regular lunchtime and after school support sessions to help our students achieve their potential.
5 GCSEs 9 – 5 including English. Grade 6 Chemistry or 7/6 Combined Science and Grade 6 Mathematics.
Students will study a broad range of topics from all three disciplines of Chemistry – Organic, Inorganic and Physical.
• Atomic Structure
• Organic Mechanisms
• Redox Reactions
Students will build on topics covered in the Lower Sixth alongside new topics such as:
• Acids and Bases
• Aromatic Chemistry
• DNA and Protein Structure
• Structure Determination
• Transition Metal Chemistry
• The impact of Ethical Considerations
The Examination Board for this course is AQA.
• Paper 1: 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% of grade
• Paper 2: 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% of grade
• Paper 3: 2 hours, 90 marks, 30% of grade (includes some multiple choice questions)