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Chemistry AS/A Level at Fortismere School

Course description

Study of Chemistry provides a sound basis for both science and non-science based degree courses, and a good grade in Chemistry A-Level is a requirement of many science degree courses including medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. The course is a fascinating exploration of how the building blocks of life are created and connected.

Course content

AS Units

Unit 1 – Foundation Chemistry

Unit 2 – Chemistry in Action

Unit 3 – Investigative and practical skills in AS Chemistry

A2 Units

Unit 4 – Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry

Unit 5 – Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

Unit 6 – Investigative and practical skills in A2 Chemistry

Entry requirements

Double A Grade in Science (cannot accept students who have studied Single Award Science), or at least one A Grade (which must be in Chemistry) if studying 3 separate GCSE Science subjects. Grade B in Maths GCSE and B in English GCSE.


The lessons will be a mixture of teacher-led activities, practical experimental work and student presentations. At times you will be expected to work in a group and at other times individually. There is an examination in January called CHEM1 (33%), an exam in June called CHEM2 (47%) and an externally marked practical assessment EMPA (20%).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2016
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      We support our students’ academic progress by a system of target setting and monitoring. We also provide excellent guidance for students, as well as additional mentoring for those making Oxbridge applications or preparing for BMAT and UKCAT (medical) or Law entrance exams. The vast majority progress on to university and a sophisticated guidance system ensures that they are well advised in their decision-making.

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