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Chemistry A level at Wilmslow High School

Course description

Chemistry is the study of all chemical substances and how to change one chemical into another; your body, the atmosphere and your mobile phone all rely on chemistry. Although it may seem a very complicated subject at first, the ideas are built on a set of fundamental underlying patterns. We aim to help you gain an understanding of these, so that you can then enjoy their logical application to the real world. If you like logical problems, and thinking hard, then chemistry is for you. If you want to know what makes up the world around you, you are a natural chemist.

Course content

Chemistry is taught through 3 main subject areas:

Physical chemistry

Inorganic chemistry

Organic chemistry

Topics studied during the AS and A level courses are listed below. Subjects studied at Level only are shown in italics.

Physical chemistry

Atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, chemical equilibria, redox, thermodynamics, rate equations, electrode potentials, acids and bases.

Inorganic chemistry

Periodicity, groups 2 and 7 of the periodic table, properties of period 3 elements and oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic chemistry

Introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic synthesis, optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA,nuclar magnetic resonance, chromatography.

Assessment

Assessment details

AS level       1 Year course

Paper 1 (50% of AS level)

Physical and inorganic chemistry

Some aspects of practical skills

Paper 2 (50% of AS level)

Physical and organic chemistry

Some aspects of practical skills

Advanced Subsidiary is assessed at a standard between GCSE and A-Level and is taken as a stand-alone qualification. It is assessed solely on the two written papers.

A-level        2 Year course

Paper 1 (35% of A-level)

2 hour paper, 105 marks, short and long answer questions.

Physical and inorganic chemistry

Some aspects of practical skills

 

Paper 2 (35% of A-level)

2 hour paper, 105 marks, short and long answer questions.

Physical and organic chemistry

Some aspects of practical skills

 

Paper 3 (30% of A-level)

2 hours paper, 90 marks.

40 marks on practical techniques and data analysis, 20 marks testing across the specification, 30 marks multiple choice questions.

Any content

Any practical skills

A-level grades are based only on marks from the three written papers. Practical skills assessed in the classroom will be given a separate endorsement to the A-level grade.

Further information

Chemistry A level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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