AS and A2 level: Chemistry at Casterton College Rutland
Why study Chemistry ? Because Chemistry is exciting, interesting and fun! Which other subject can take you from amino acids to lead-acid batteries via the ozone layer alcohols and thermodynamics? Where else can you go from the smallest atom of hydrogen to a C60 “ carbon football “ or even a nanotube via an ocean? Studying Chemistry will take you on an extraordinary journey of learning and experience. What will I study ? AS Chemistry covers some topics which you will have studied at GCSE - such as atomic structure and chemical bonding – but to a greater depth. You will also study new topics such as periodicity and halo alkanes. You will develop a deeper understanding of the theory material and also obtain a larger experience of challenging practical work. Topics are taught through a variety of means including theory study, investigative work and problem-solving classes. Units one and two are assessed by written exam in January and June respectively. Unit three is a coursework paper. It is assessed by practical work throughout the year together with a pair of small practical exams based on relevant theory which are normally taken in the spring term. How will I study ? The lessons will be a mixture of teacher-led activities, practical experimental work and problem solving. You will be expected to become more in control of your own work and to spend more time outside of the classroom working under your own steam. Once a topic has been taught and its practical experiments completed then there will be an assignment pack of past exam paper questions to be completed. These assignments, together with mid-sessional and mock exams will give you an idea of how you are progressing and will help to prepare you for the examinations.
C in English required. C in Maths required.CC in Science; preferred BB in Chemistry.
Progression. Some students decide to read for a degree in Chemistry. Others find that for their chosen degree subject, an A-level in Chemistry is essential. Some examples of these subjects are medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and food science/nutrition. If A level Chemistry is not essential for your course, it will always be highly regarded; not least for the skills – both mental and manual - which you will have developed.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Casterton College Rutland directly.