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Chemistry AS Level at Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy

Course description

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.

Course content


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.

Entry requirements

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


Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy is situated within a large green site with playing fields at the front and back of the main buildings.  Unlike many new schools, classrooms at HWGA are spacious, and most teachers have their own rooms and are accessible to support students.  Much refurbishment has taken place over the last two years.  Recent changes have included a refurbished library, refurbished and extended Sixth Form Learning Area, five brand new Science laboratories with refurbishment of the supporting preparatory rooms, a refurbished MFL department and refurbished Health and Social Care rooms.  In addition, the school is equipped with a modern  IT network including a cutting edge wireless cloud network throughout the school.  All Sixth Form students are supplied with their own laptops for study within the academy and at home.  The school has two dedicated Performing Art Suites, a Dance Studio and a large hall with high quality lighting rigs, and mechanised seating that provides a flexible performance venue.