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Chemistry (AS and A Level) at Morecambe Community High School

Course description

Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure and properties of substances, their interactions with each other and the effects of energy on them.

Why study chemistry?

  1. Chemistry is a pure form of science. It is logical, proven and involves the correct application of the scientific method. A good working knowledge of chemistry and the way the subject teaches you to think enables you to test out different ideas for yourself and draw your own informed conclusions on issues such as global warming.
  2. Chemistry at AS and A level is a pleasant mix of theoretical and practical work.
  3. You develop a range of skills which will be of great use in other subjects and in whatever career direction you follow. The skills include: communication and application of your knowledge, making observations and measurements with great precision, working accurately and safely with apparatus and chemicals.
  4. Chemistry at AS or A level is a good subject to study with any other science subject and/ or maths. Many students have also combined chemistry with geography or a language.
  5. A level chemistry is an essential subject for many university courses such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, chemical engineering and ……chemistry!
  6. Chemistry qualifications open many doors in countless different careers.

    AS Level Chemistry

Course content

  •   This is a stand-alone qualification
  •   It comprises of 4 modules
  •   The content of the modules will be examined by 2 exam papers; paper 1 and paper 2 which are both 1hour 30 mins in length
  •   The 1st exams will take place in June 2016

A Level Chemistry

  •   It comprises of 6 modules
  •   Modules 1-4 are the same as those studied for the AS course
  •   The content of the 6 modules will be examined by 3 exam papers; paper 1 and paper 2 which are both 2 hours 15 mins in length and paper 3, which is 1 hour 30 mins in length
  •   The 1st exams will take place in June 2017
  •   Practical skills are teacher assessed through the completion of a minimum of

    12 different practical activities

  •   Performance in practical skills (Practical Endorsement for chemistry) will be reported separately to the A level grade


    In order to achieve your potential in chemistry, there are a number of key areas which you must put in place.

  • These include:-

  •   Personal organisation: you will need to bring a pen, pencil, ruler and calculator to each lesson. Your teacher will also use the textbook in lessons so you will need to bring this as well.
  •   Time management: you need to organise your time so that reading, revision and homework tasks are completed by the required time.
  •   Completion of all types of independent learning and homework tasks which include reading, making notes and presentations, revision, questions from textbooks, past exam papers etc.
  •   Safe and responsible conduct during practical lessons and full cooperation with safety procedures.
  •   You will need to be determined, focused and willing to put in the time and effort to learn and understand the different topics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

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