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Chemistry A Level at Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

Year 12

You will study aspects of each of three main areas of Chemistry; Organic, Inorganic and Physical. The topics introduced in Year 12 include the study of different Organic Molecules and the ways in which they react as well as explaining their Physical Properties. You will also develop a greater depth of understanding of patterns and trends in the periodic table and link together Atomic Structure with bonding as well as studying Chemical Equilibria and Redox Reactions.

Year 13

Building on Year 12, the study of Organic Chemistry is developed further by looking at many different molecules that are used in the chemical industry and how they can be identified using different spectroscopic techniques. The study of the periodic table focuses around the transition metals and reactions of aqueous solutions. A more quantitative approach is taken when looking at rates of Reaction, Equilibrium and Acid-Base reactions.

Entry requirements

A-level Chemistry builds upon the knowledge gained at GCSE but goes much further by revealing some significant simplifications taught at GCSE. It contains a greater level of mathematical content and overlaps with some topics taught in Physics and Biology. You must enjoy practical and investigative work as well as being mathematically adept and have good problem solving skills.

Assessment

Formal assessment at the end of Year 12 will comprise of the following external examinations ;

Paper 1 exam (50% weighting) – Relevant Physical and Inorganic Chemistry topics and practical skills

Paper 2 exam (50% weighting) – Relevant Physical and Organic Chemistry topics and practical skills

Formal assessment at the end of Year 13 will comprise of the following external examinations ;

Paper 1 exam (35% weighting) – Relevant Physical and Inorganic Chemistry topics and practical skills

Paper 2 exam (35% weighting) – relevant physical and organic chemistry topics and practical skills

Paper 3 exam (30% weighting) – any course content and practical skills

Practical skills are assessed internally throughout the course.

Future opportunities

A-level Chemistry is seen as a challenging, academic and rigorous A-level that will impress a lot of universities and employers. A-level Chemistry is a must for degrees in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry and can open up a range of careers and higher education courses in Optometry, Physiotherapy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Forensic Science, Biomedical and Biological Sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 March 2017

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