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A Level Chemistry at Watford Grammar School for Boys

Course description

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.

Modules include:

Controlling and using chemicals

Spectroscopy and Organic Chemistry

Properties, Structures and Bonding

Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

Entry requirements

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.

Last updated date: 11 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years