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Chemistry A Level at Abbeyfield School

Course description

The course builds on the knowledge gained in the GCSE course, adding depth and breadth. It also offers the opportunity for candidates to devise and plan experimental or investigative activities and interpret, explain, evaluate and communicate the results of these. Students will also gain an awareness of the ethical, environmental, technological and economic aspects of the subject.

Course content

What will I learn?
x The three branches of Chemistry are studied : Organic ( drugs , biological systems etc. ) Physical (Why can’t pure alcohol be distilled? etc.) Inorganic (elements of the Periodic Table).
x Lessons are a mixture of practicals and learning activities.
x Students are expected to read about topics covered and carry out research to supplement their classroom notes.

AS includes: Aspects of the atomic structure, chemical bonding, the Periodic table and organic chemistry.

A2 includes: Organic chemistry studies aromatics, polymers and analysis of chemicals. Inorganic chemistry studies equilibria, energy and transition elements.

Entry requirements

Grade A in GCSE Chemistry; Grade B or above in GCSE Biology. Enjoy problem solving. Able to work safely with dangerous chemicals and manipulate expensive Quickfit apparatus.


80% exam, 20% coursework, two exams at the end of each year

Future opportunities

The chemistry course prepares candidates to progress into further or higher education to follow courses in Chemistry, Medicine, Biochemistry, or one of the other sciences. A variety of careers require Chemistry as an entrance qualification including Medicine, Research Chemist, Pharmacist, Vet, etc. Chemistry is very highly regarded as a good academic qualification by employers and universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 March 2016
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