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Chemistry A Level at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Wyedean Science offers a two year post 16 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Chemistry. The course is based around the OCR (A) Chemistry Specification.

The experienced and enthusiastic chemistry staff at Wyedean are totally committed to delivering an interesting and inspiring course for students aimed at:-

  • developing their interest in, and enthusiasm for chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers in chemistry
  • developing essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to each other.
  • appreciating how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how chemistry contributes to the success of the economy and society
  • developing and demonstrating a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of “How Science Works”

Course content

The A Level course is based around the core topics of:

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills
  • Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry
  • Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy
  • Module 4: Core organic chemistry
  • Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
  • Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis

Entry requirements

We strongly recommend that students should have the minimum of a grade B in GCSE Science Double Award or Chemistry GCSE.

A grade B in GCSE Mathematics would also be desirable. A Level Science courses are suitable for students expecting to gain a grade B and above, in GCSE science and are entered for the higher tier paper.

They are assessed by formal exam and a coursework component.


There will be three written terminal exams and 12 practical tasks carried out during the course which are assessed for the Practical endorsement qualification.

The terminal exams are two 2 hrs 15 min papers and a 1.5 hour paper.

Future opportunities

An A level Chemistry can lead to a career in medicine and medical related areas , chemical engineering, biochemistry.

However, the scientific nature of the subject means it will be of use for any scientific course at university level.

Additionally, the academic rigour and transferrable skills developed in Chemistry will be looked on favourably for many non-scientific careers

Further information

The department provides a wide range of activity guides and support material, which will also be available on our VLE.

Text books for the course are available for use in school. Students would greatly benefit from purchasing their own copies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 31 May 2016

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