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Chemistry at Waldegrave School and Sixth Form

Course description

Would you like to design the medicines of the future? Could you ensure the quality control of a new product in the chemical industry? Can you develop the skills required to be at the cutting edge of environmental initiatives?

Who would it suit?

Students who have a desire to further their chemistry knowledge and develop skills which are applicable to real life scenarios.


“What other subject allows you to explain why

things happen, and equips you with such a

range of skills that you can apply to so many

different contexts?”

* This is a reformed A Level

Course content

The Chemistry A level is split up into six modules, which will allow clear progression pathways, from GCSE to AS/A level, through to higher education. Each module covers different key concepts of chemistry. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are assessed through written papers.

Module 1 focuses on the development of practical skills through planning, implementing, analysing and evaluating scientific investigations. Module 2 builds on the foundations of Chemistry that you will require throughout the remaining modules. It includes; atoms, compounds, molecules and equations,acid-base redox reactions and electrons, bonding and structure. Module 3 explores the periodic table and energy. Module 4 is based upon core-organic chemistry. Module 5 moves on to an in depth study of physical chemistry and the transition elements. Finally, Module 6 will enable you to apply and develop your knowledge on organic chemistry and analytical techniques.


In September 2015, A Levels became fully linear so assessment of student’s knowledge takes place at the end of the two years of study. Modules 1 – 4 however will constitute the stand alone AS qualification, which you will sit at the end of the first year. This means the AS grade will not contribute to the final A Level grade. Modules 1 to 6 combined with a teacher assessed practical endorsement will make up the full A Level. The practical endorsement is the completion of 12 practical activities which demonstrate practical competence.

AS Chemistry will consist of two papers which will assess any content from modules 1 – 4.

A Level Chemistry consists of three papers which assesses both AS and A Level content. They will take place after year two.

Future opportunities

Studying chemistry allows you to develop subject-specific and transferable skills, which are valued by all employers. Chemistry prepares you for a range of careers in the science and health sectors including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, zoology, biomedicine, forensics, science teaching and biochemistry. Other career options include: journalism, teaching, research and development.

Further information

Enrichment opportunities include visits to local institutions to experience industrial applications e.g. spectroscopic analysis. Visits from real life chemists.

Who to contact for more advice?

Ms De Lanerolle

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017
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