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Chemistry A level at Wood Green School

Course description

The course takes recent developments in Chemistry into account and aims to deepen students’ understanding and knowledge of all aspects of the subject. The study of Chemistry encourages an enquiring mind and aims to develop logical and critical thinking abilities.

Course content

The areas studied cover Inorganic Chemistry (the study of elements) and Organic Chemistry (the study of carbon compounds - the molecules of living things). These are linked together by unifying concepts such as the Periodic Table, bonding and structure, reaction kinetics, and energy and equilibrium.

Entry requirements

Two B grades in GCSE Additional Science or two B grades in GCSE Triple Science, one of which must be in Chemistry. Mathematics is used more extensively at AS and A level than at GCSE Chemistry. Students taking the Higher Level Mathematics GCSE paper are suitably prepared for the course.



Paper 1 – Core Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (50%) Written examination: 1½ hours

AS Paper 2 – Core Organic and Physical Chemistry (50%) Written examination: 1½ hours A2

A Level

Paper 1 – Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (30%) Written examination:1¾ hours A level

Paper 2 – Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry (30%) Written examination: 1¾ hours A level Paper 3 – General and Practical Principles in Chemistry (40%) Written examination: 2½ hours

Future opportunities

Chemistry combines particularly well with Physics, Biology, Mathematics and Geography.

Students interested in any higher education courses and careers with a scientific basis, such as pure research, medicine, veterinary science, engineering, biology, biotechnology, geology or computing, will find A Level Chemistry useful and often essential.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wood Green School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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      We are part of a consortium, our partner school being The Henry Box School in Witney.


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      NB, there are two subjects that are jointly taught, ie students take lessons at both venues,  Maths and Further Maths;  you will see this on our options grid.