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Chemistry AS & A Level at Archbishop Tenison's School

Course description

A-level chemistry enables students to gain practical experience as well as developing theory work. These activities enable students to consolidate their understanding of the main aspects of Chemistry and prepare them with the skills required to study science at higher levels. This course focuses upon  not only the foundations of chemistry but chemistry in action. It facilitates progression either into higher education or employment and to develop their interest and enthusiasm in the subject. It also aims to help the students to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how they contribute to the success of the economy and society, developing a deeper understanding of 'How Science Works' and how areas of the subject relate to each and the world around us. 

Course content

AS Chemistry

  • Unit 1: Foundation explores the fundamental principles of chemistry
  • Unit 2: Chemistry in action looks at the application of these principles. Students then go on to
  • Unit 3: Investigative and practical skills. Introduces practical experimentation, collecting and measuring data and applying this to scientific situations.

A2 Chemistry 

  • Unit 4: Kinetics, equilibrium and organic chemistry develops the concepts of physical chemistry introduced at AS. Acids bases, buffer solutions and pH changes during titrations are studied and organic chemistry is extended to include carbonyl compounds, amines, amino acids and polymers. Finally students go on to look at spectroscopic techniques.
  • Unit 5: Energetics, redox and inorganic chemistry looks at concepts such as thermodynamics, transition metals and catalysts. 
  • Unit 6 - Investigative and practical skills develops experimental and evaluation techniques.

Entry requirements

Students who did triple science at GCSE need a minimum B grade in Chemistry and students who did double science at GCSE need a minimum of an A and B in science subjects

To proceed to A Level students need a minimum grade C at AS


AS assessment is a mixture of written exams, an investigative skills assignment and a practical skills assignment covering organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.

At A2, Unit 4 and 5 are assessed by written exams. Unit 6 is examined both with an investigative skills and a practical skills assignment.

Future opportunities

A chemistry qualification is hugely valuable both for entry to higher education and for a whole range of future careers. Recent students have gone on to study for degrees in nursing, medicine and biochemistry.

Chemists are hugely in demand in industry in fields such as chemical engineering, pharmacology, research and forensic science. A chemistry qualification is a passport to a successful career in almost all scientific careers, or in education as a teacher or lecturer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016
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