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AS/A2 Chemistry at Cockburn John Charles Academy

Course description

AS/A2 Chemistry

Course content

The AQA Chemistry Syllabus contains the following modules:

AS Chemistry
CHEM 1 - Foundation Chemistry
CHEM 2 - Chemistry in Action
CHM3T  - Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Chemistry

A2 Chemistry
CHEM 4 - Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry
CHEM 5 - Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry
CHM6T - Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 Chemistry

The A level syllabus has been updated to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of chemistry to provide a pathway to further study. It also aims to ensure that learning is enjoyable and enhances students’ enthusiasm for chemistry and to build on the How Science Works concepts introduced at GCSE. The modules concentrate on different aspects of chemistry and an appreciation of how those principles are used in the chemical industry.

Entry requirements

A pass of at least grade B in GCSE Chemistry and grade B in one other GCSE Science or double grade B in double award GCSE Science (core and additional) higher tier; grade B in GCSE Mathematics and English language. A grade A in unit C2 (additional chemistry) or C3 (triple chemistry) is preferred. 


The Scheme of Assessment for the AS and A-level examination is modular in nature, with all examinations taken in  May/June.

The 4 examination papers (2 at AS and 2 at A2) are a format of short answer questions and longer structured questions to assess your knowledge and understanding of Chemistry. Practical skills are internally assessed and account for approximately 20% of the final examination grades at AS and 10% at A2.  This assessment comprises of a combination of practical skills assessment (PSA), based on the candidates practical ability throughout the course, and Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA), which requires both practical work to be undertaken and written test completed. Students can expect to spend a full double period in the laboratory each week.

Further information

Highly regarded by top universities (Facilitating Subject).  Good for Medical careers, Laboratory Research based careers, Pharmaceutical careers and Veterinary careers.  Works very well with Maths, Biology and Physics

How to apply

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Last updated date: 19 November 2014
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  • Start date: Next September