Chemistry A-Level at The Queen's School
We are constantly surrounded by chemistry and chemical reactions, without which we would cease to exist; from the air that we breathe and the food that we eat to the clothes we wear and fuels we use. It is a fascinating and enthralling subject that unravels the mysteries of why reactions occur and how we can use and manipulate these reactions to benefit mankind.
A Level Chemistry is divided into distinct areas of study in the form of organic chemistry; the study of products from crude oil, and inorganic chemistry which looks at the chemistry of colour and physical chemistry which is more mathematically based.
Embedded throughout the course are practical activities designed to demonstrate theories and develop experimental skills.
There are three units at the AQA AS Level and three at the AQA A2 Level. For the AS Level you will study foundation chemistry and chemistry in action and have to undertake a board-assessed unit incorporating investigative skills and practical skills assessments.
The A2 Level course covers kinetics, equilibria and organic chemistry, energetics, redox and inorganic chemistry and you will have to undertake a centre assessed unit incorporating investigative and practical skills assessments.
At least seven GCSEs at grade B or above and grade A or A* in the subjects you wish to study in Sixth Form. Offers will be made subject to achieving this, a reference from your current school and an interview with the Headmistress
You could continue to study chemistry at degree level—either broadly or specialising in one area. As a challenging A-Level, you will need an A grade at GCSE to be accepted but universities always look upon it favourably for any medical or science based course. It is complemented by the study of biology, physics or maths.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Queen's School directly.