Why study Chemistry?
Chemistry happens all around us, it governs who we are. As you understand it more, you can appreciate how much every bit of our lives depends on simple chemical processes - from the crude oil we use to make plastics to the composition of the air we inhale to keep alive.
A-level Chemistry builds upon the knowledge gained at GCSE but goes much further revealing some significant simplifications taught at GCSE. By taking chemistry you develop some very useful skills that can be applied well outside of the subject discipline; these include problem solving, numeracy, practical skills as well as developing a broad scientific background. As a result it's a highly respected and useful qualification for higher education and employment in a wide range of areas.
Areas of Study
Topics studied in year 1 include:
Atomic structure, bonding, reaction kinetics (rates), Group II and Group VII elements, Alkanes, Alkenes, Organic analysis, themodynamics, electrode potentials and equilibrium.
Topics studied in year 2 include:
Transition metals, the chemistry of benzene and related compounds, polymers, spectroscopy, proteins and DNA, and the action of anti-cancer drugs.
How will I learn?
Teaching methods include, practical lessons, flip learning, discussion, lecture style lessons, independent learning, and collaboration with other students. In addition students have access to the on line resource ‘Kerboodle’ this gives students access to an online text book, online quizzes and support.
Students will be entered for the AS examination at the end of year 12. The assessment consists of two written papers each of 1 hour 30 minutes worth 50% of the AS level. Both papers contain multiple choice and long and short answer questions.
The A level examination consists of 3 written papers each of two hours, papers 1 and 2 being worth 35% with paper 3 being worth 30% of the total. Papers one and 2 containing both long and short answer questions. Paper 3 contains some multiple choice questions along with long and short answer questions.
The A2 practical endorsement require students to have completed and written up 12 practical tasks over the two years of the course.
GCSE grade B in Chemistry or Grades BB in Core and Additional Science. Grade C in Maths