Chemistry AS Level at Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy
Students will learn through a wide range of methodologies including: • practical work / field studies / educational visits • teacher exposition and demonstration • individual tasks / group-work / problem solving • homework / past exam questions / research • personal study through the press, internet and specialist publications such as New Scientist, Chemical World and Chemical Sciences.
You will develop many of the ideas that were met in GCSE Chemistry into more advanced models that better explain the observations of the world around us. Through this process you will understand ideas related to How Science Works and will build a firm base upon which to learn more advanced subject matter. You will learn a range of subjects in Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry and through these develop a range of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills that will be much valued by Universities and employers.
A grade ‘B’ at GCSE Chemistry or ‘Additional Science or a Distinction at L2 BTEC Applied Science is required to study this course. Students are also encouraged to attend appropriate lectures at the University of Birmingham.
Formative assessment during the course will occur informally in class, through your class work and homework and through topic tests.
Summative assessment is as follows:
Unit 1: Externally set exam of 1 ¼ hours sat in June (33.3 % of total AS Level marks)
Unit 2: Externally set exam of 1 ¾ hours sat in June (46. 7 % of total AS Level marks)
Unit 3: Practical skills assessment and Investigative Skills Assignment (20 % AS Level
Students can proceed to A level study should they wish if they achieve at least a grade ‘D’. As a consequence of its direct and indirect relevance to so many areas, a study of AS or A-Level Chemistry will assist access to a range of degree courses and careers including Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Work, Nursing and Pharmaceuticals.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy directly.