A Level Chemistry at Watford Grammar School for Boys
Chemistry presents a challenging and exciting A Level. The course aims to foster imaginative and critical thinking, to develop ideas and to build upon processes and skills learnt at GCSE level.
Models presented in Key Stages 3 and 4 are re-visited. They are re-evaluated and modified in the light of the more profound and sophisticated evidence and information that are available at this advanced intellectual level. As a practical subject, much of the work is centred on learning through laboratory experience.
The Chemistry A Level incorporates a number of themes that include the mole, energy, structure and bonding, reaction rates and equilibria, and practical assessment. It builds upon the GCSE by including a wider range of elements and compounds, with a more extensive study of organic chemistry.
It is important that candidates be able to express themselves clearly in unambiguous English, whilst many aspects of Chemistry also require a good level of numeracy. The course consists of six units, three in each of the AS and the A2. One of the three at each level of the course is a practical unit.
Controlling and using chemicals
Spectroscopy and Organic Chemistry
Properties, Structures and Bonding
Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
Students wishing to enter the Sixth Form must achieve a minimum of six GCSEs at grade B. This course is suitable for those who have studied GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Science plus Additional Science. Applicants who achieve an A grade in Chemistry will be accepted, whilst those with a B grade will be considered on their merit. Applicants with both an A in Science and an A in Additional Science will be accepted. Good GCSEs in Mathematics and English Language are also required. Grade A is preferred in these subjects, although again applicants with grade B will be considered on their merits.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Boys directly.