Studying Chemistry at a higher level aims to encourage learners to develop:
• essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
• a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
• competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills
• an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers
• an understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society
Students will develop their Quantitative and Qualitative analytical skills, as well as Evaluative, Communication, Problem Solving and Numerical skills. Throughout the course the following areas will be studied:
• The fundamental skills needed to collect and analyse empirical data. Skills in planning, implementing, analysing and evaluating
• Important chemical ideas that underpin the study of A Level Chemistry
• Quantitative techniques
• Inorganic and physical chemistry, the applications of energy use to everyday life and industrial processes, and current environmental concerns associated with sustainability
• Organic chemistry and its important applications to everyday life, including current environmental concerns associated with sustainability.
• The study of energy, reaction rates and equilibria, and the periodic table.
We encourage all our students to undertake work experience to allow them to make links between what they learn in the classroom and how it can apply to various job roles in the real world. A wide range of opportunities are available and in previous years we have supported students applying and completing Nuffield placements, Medical residential experiences, work experience at Pfizer as well as workshops with Universities. All of which the students have found to be invaluable experiences.
There will be three public examinations and one examination series available each year in June.
Paper 1 (2hours 15minutes) will assess any content in Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 and will be worth 100 marks.
Paper 2 (2hours 15minutes) will assess any content in Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 and will be worth 100 marks.
Paper 3 (1hour 30minutes) will assess any content in Modules 1 to 6 and will be worth 70 marks.
There is a minimum of 12 practical activities that will be carried out throughout the course to demonstrate practical competence. This will be reported separately from A Level grade.
2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades 9-4 including English Minimum Grade 4, Mathematics Minimum Grade 6, Combined Science 9/9-6/6 or Single Sciences 9-6 in Chemistry and 9-6 in Biology and Physics.
You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which overlap with Chemistry such as Biology, Applied Science, Physics, Geography, Geology or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences, to prepare for higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Chemistry or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Pharmacist. The course will also help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.