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Chemistry A Level at Caroline Chisholm School

Course description

AS
You will explore atoms and reactions, electrons, bonding and structure and the Periodic Table. You will also learn about the basic concepts of organic chemistry including hydrocarbons, alcohols, halogenoalkanes and analysis. Energy and energy resources will also be considered.
 
Content is split into Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry teaching modules. Physical Chemistry is covered in both modules.

Examinations cover both theory and practical aspects of the course.

A‐Level
You will develop your understanding of organic chemistry through the study of rings, acids and amines. You will explore polymers, chemical synthesis and chemical analysis. You will also learn more about reaction rates, equilibrium and pH, as well as energy changes in chemical reactions. You will explore the transition elements in depth.
 
Content is split into Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry teaching modules. Physical Chemistry is covered in both modules.
 
Examinations cover both theory and practical aspects of the course. In addition, students will have completed practical work over the two year course and will be able to gain accreditation of their practical skills as well as their grade for the course.
 
 

 

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 Core Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

Unit 2 Core Organic and Physical Chemistry

 

A Level

Unit 1
Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
 
Unit 2
Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry
 
Unit 3
General and Practical Principles of Chemistry

 

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language or Literature: Grade 4 is required
GCSE Mathematics: Grade 6 is preferred
 
Students who have taken Core and Additional Science need to have at least two B grades, including B in their Chemistry modules.
Students who have taken Triple Science must have at least Grade B in Chemistry and achieved at least a B grade in all of their exam modules.
 
Students who choose Chemistry may find it beneficial to also study Mathematics at A Level. Students in doubt about their capabilities to follow this course should talk to the Subject Leader for Science.

Assessment

You will be doing practical work as well as reading, listening and participating in class discussions, so it is essential that you enjoy working on practical laboratory tasks. You will need to present your ideas and solutions clearly both verbally and in written form. Expect to spend a significant proportion of the course engaged in independent problem solving using mathematical and logical skills. Many students develop their knowledge and understanding by reading widely around the topics studied and we will assist in finding relevant material for all students. Enrichment opportunities are offered to Chemistry students, for example working using state of the art equipment during a visit from the RSC and individual Chemistry based EPQ projects.

Future opportunities

Chemistry means jobs – both in science and in other disciplines. Many employers recognise the value of training in logical thought, numerical and communications skills and the general science education that a Chemistry course provides. The importance of chemistry to the nation’s economy means that the value of chemists is increasing and salaries compare well with other professions. Employment areas include research and development, quality control, marketing, sales and technical support, pathology and clinical biochemistry in hospitals, forensic science, education and public protection.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caroline Chisholm School directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2017
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