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Chemistry - A Level at Caistor Grammar School

Course description

What will I learn on this A Level course?

The qualification aims to:  foster imaginative and critical thinking about chemical problems stimulate and sustain students’ interest in, and enjoyment of, chemistry. Present chemistry as a coherent, but developing body of knowledge, principles and theories linked by unifying concepts: in particular the Periodic Table, organic chemistry, reaction rates, energy and equilibrium develop students’ appreciation of social, economic, environmental and technological contributions and the application of chemical knowledge= develop students’ ability to communicate scientifically in appropriate ways, including the ability to select, organise and interpret data use integrating themes to link chemical ideas for example oxidation and reduction leading to redox potentials and energy and equilibrium leading to an introduction to entropy.

What kind of student is this qualification suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for students who: have an interest in, and enjoyment of chemistry enjoy carrying out investigation by the application of imaginative, logical and critical thinking want to use chemistry to support other qualifications or progress onto further studies

Work expected from students outside lesson time

Three kinds of activity are expected outside normal lesson time:

a) In term time, until the last weeks of the course, there are questions to answer from the course textbook on the Topic you are currently studying. The questions to be answered are set on one week and handed in for marking the following week. End of Topic tests area also used to assess student progress. At the end of the course, past examination paper questions are available for this private study time.

b) The course demands that students gain an understanding of the work. They can only achieve this by private study of Chemistry textbooks, which may be borrowed from the laboratory or library.

c) The course is based on both on practical and theoretical study work. Often additional time is needed to complete the recording and interpretation of experimental data, and its theoretical significance.

d) An University visit is a feature of the course in Y12.

Entry requirements

A in Chemistry GCSE or A in Science and A in Additional Science

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caistor Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 09 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years