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Chemistry AS/A-Level at St Aloysius RC College

Course description

This course will inspire and nurture a student’s passion for chemistry and provide students with a solid grounding in foundation Chemistry. The specification introduces the chemical reactivity of atoms and molecules and provides an understanding of their structures. The development and use of periodic table is explained.

Students could study the AS course in the first year only, however those wishing to study the A Level course will complete the first year, which has a common curriculum with the AS course and then continue on to year 2. For the A Level chemistry course all exams will be taken at the end of year 2.

Course content

AS/A2 -  Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry


Entry requirements

Students must have studied triple science at GCSE level and obtained a B grade and above . A student with A grade and above in Core Science and Additional Science may be considered. They should also feel comfortable about manipulating numbers. At least an A grade in maths is advantageous. An interest in science is also desirable! Chemistry is acknowledged to be one of the most demanding A Level subjects.


Students studying the AS chemistry course will sit two written exams at the end of year 1. Each paper will be 90 minutes long and will have a weighting of 50% towards the AS qualification.

Students studying the A Level chemistry course will sit three written exams at the end of year 2. Each paper will be 2 hours long, with the first two papers having a weighting of 35% towards the qualification and the third paper having a weighting of 30% towards the final grade.

Future opportunities

This qualification should enable students to progress on to a Chemistry degree or a degree that combines Chemistry with a nother subject such as Biology. Chemistry is also the subject that is essential to study for a degree in medicine or pharmacy. It is also a valuable general qualification as it is regarded as a challenging subject. To study and obtain a good grade in Chemistry at AS or A level looks very impressive on a university application

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Aloysius RC College directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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