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AS Chemistry at Ken Stimpson Community School

Course description

Chemistry is the study of the properties and reactions of substances. It is a science subject, so practical work is an important element. AS level To achieve a certificate in Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Chemistry you will need to have been assessed on your performance in two AS exams. Both are examined in written papers and reflect the Chemical knowledge you have gained. A2 Level To achieve a certificate in Advanced General Certificate of Education (GCE) in Chemistry, you will need to have been assessed on your performance in three exams. They are developments of the ideas in AS and examined in a very similar manner to the topics covered in AS.

Course content

The main skills you will develop during this course will be:

• Handling chemicals and equipment.

• Solving problems by analysis, research and experimentation.

At AS, the topic examined in each paper will be:

Paper 1

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2. Bonding and structure

3. Redox 1

4. Inorganic chemistry and the periodic table

5. Formulae, equations and amounts of substance

Paper 2 - Topics

2. Bonding and structure

5. Formulae, equations and amounts of substance

6. Organic chemistry 1

7. Modern Analytical Techniques 1

8. Energetics 1

9. Kinetics 1

10. Equilibrium 1

Entry requirements

6 A*- C graded GCSEs, including Science BB, English and Mathematics


Following on from the AS course you will continue to study topics in further depth. The course is assessed by three written examinations. Practical work will be spread throughout the course, although it is not evenly spread out as some topics are more theoretical. For most practical's you will be able to work on your own. This will help you to develop your skills further. There will be 16 core practical's which will be required for the Practical Competency Measure. Knowledge of all core practical's may be tested within the written examination papers.

Future opportunities

There are many careers that can be relevant to a Chemistry qualification such as Veterinary Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy or Chemical Engineering at University. Work in Science-based industry, the Medical field or Agriculture will also require some experience in Chemistry

Further information

Level: AS Duration: 1-2 Years Qualification: EDEXCEL Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Chemistry Entry Requirements: 6 A*- C graded GCSEs, including Science BB, English and Mathematics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ken Stimpson Community School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Sixth Form Administrator
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01733765950
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • Ken Stimpson Community School is a single site school which is endowed with superb facilities, some of which are shared with Werrington District Library and Werrington Sports & Recreation Centre. The school has access to sports facilities, multiple computer suites, drama studios, music classrooms and practice spaces, dance theatres and performance areas all of which would be less likely to be found in a more traditional school. In addition to our well equipped and resourced teaching blocks we also have a two-court, floodlit astroturf area and extensive playing fields.