Chemistry A Level at The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough
The course aims to develop interest in Chemistry in particular, but also in science generally, whilst preparing students for employment or further studies. Confidence in laboratory skills will be developed and safe practice is stressed as being essential. The course also aims to develop the key skills of communication, application of number, working with others, problem solving and information technology. It may be important to note that at many universities, courses in Medicine, Biological Science or Medical Sciences require Chemistry to at least AS Level.
Learning Activities - the course is practical based. Consequently students can expect one practical per week on average.
Year 1 covers AS Content which is tested as a mock exam and not an external exam.
- Module 1: Development of practical skills – this module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and (for A Level only) within the Practical Endorsement.
- Module 2: Foundations in chemistry covering concepts required throughout the remaining modules.
- Modules 3 (Periodic table & energy) and 4 (Core organic chemistry)
- Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements
- Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis
QEHS standard entry requirements will apply and in addition students will be expected to have a grade B or above in either GCSE / Level 1/2 Certificate (IGCSE for UK Schools) Chemistry or grade B in GCSE Science and Additional Science. A grade 6 in Maths is also beneficial.
Examination: Paper 1 (37%, 2hr 15min) assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 (Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry). Multiple choice and structured questions covering theory and practical skills. Paper 2 (37%, 2hr 15min) assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 (Synthesis and analytical techniques). Multiple choice and structured questions covering theory and practical skills. Paper 3 (26% 1hr 30min) assesses the content from Modules 1 to 6 Unified chemistry. Structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills.
A Level Practical Endorsement. Non examination. Reported separately PASS/FAIL Candidates complete a minimum of 12 practical activities to demonstrate practical competence. Performance reported separately to the A Level grade.
Chemistry is an essential requirement for applications in medicine, dentistry and veterinary studies. Beyond A Level, you might expect to move into careers in almost anything. It is a highly regarded qualification and if you can succeed in Chemistry you can put your mind to anything.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough directly.