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Chemistry Linear A Level at Westcliff High School for Girls

Course description

Commitment to study and determination to succeed are more important than the course followed. Practical work will form an essential element of your course and you will further develop your ability to work safely with chemicals and accurately with equipment. You will present your ideas to the class, work in a team and develop your own understanding of concepts. Mathematical and problem solving skills will also be important though it is not essential to study AS/A Level Mathematics to be successful in Chemistry at AS/A Level.

Course content

AS Key Learning: The consolidation and extension of quantitative chemistry, the use of formulae and equations; understanding of the structure of the atom and chemical bonding and studying the properties of elements across the periodic table and down selected groups. You will explore the diversity of carbon chemistry with an introduction to organic nomenclature and representative reactions of specific groups of organic compounds as well as studying rates of chemical reactions, equilibrium and energy changes in reactions.

A2 Key Learning: In addition to the topics studied at AS you will study organic chemistry in more depth, extend your knowledge of functional groups, polymers and spectroscopic methods of structure determination. The transition elements will be introduced as will entropy and free energy. Finally you will be expected to bring together all the quantitative aspects of rates of reaction, equilibrium and redox chemistry to demonstrate your understanding of how these aspects work in unity.

Entry requirements

Grade A GCSE in Science and Grade A Additional Science, or an average B in Separate Sciences with A in Chemistry and Grade B Mathematics


Assessment: Written examination externally marked.

Assessment: Written examination externally marked; Coursework grade (Practical Endorsement) is reported separately.

Future opportunities

Chemistry, besides being an interesting subject in its own right, opens up the possibility of a wide range of careers, including biochemistry, chemical engineering, forensic science and nursing. For dentistry, medicine and veterinary science, the study of A Level chemistry is an essential requirement.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Westcliff High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

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