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Chemistry AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

Chemistry is a highly regarded, and increasingly necessary A level subject for anyone interested in the sciences. The course aims to develop interest and enthusiasm for Chemistry and specifically looks at its impact on our society and economy. Students have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of practical activities and will link what they learn to their day to day life. The A level course includes a practical endorsement which is ideal preparation for any practical work at university. You will find Chemistry a challenging course. With topics ranging from ‘What’s in a medicine?’ to ‘Elements from the sea’ there is something for everyone!

Course content

Assessment as an AS Course

Year 1

Foundations of Chemistry (01)

This component is split into two sections and assesses content from all teaching modules. Section A contains multiple choice questions. Section B includes short answer question styles (structured questions, problem solving, calculations, practical) and extended response questions.

Assessment Information

Section A 20 marks Section B 50 marks Examined Component 50% of AS level

Chemistry in Depth (02)

This component assesses content from across all teaching modules. Question styles include short answer question styles (structured questions, problem solving, calculations, practical) and extended response questions, including those marked using Level of Response mark schemes.

Assessment Information

Examined Component 50% of AS level

Assessment as an A2 Course

Fundamentals of chemistry (01)

This component is split into two sections and assesses content from all teaching modules. Section A contains multiple choice questions. Section B includes short answer question styles (structured questions, problem solving, calculations, practical) and extended response questions.

Assessment Information

Section A 30 marks

Section B 80 marks Written examination 41% of total A level

Practical skills in chemistry (03)

This component assesses content from across all teaching modules and places a particular emphasis on practical skills. Question styles include short answer question styles (structured questions, problem solving, calculations, practical) and extended response questions.

Assessment Information

Written examination 22% of total A level

Scientific literacy in chemistry (02)

This component assesses content from across all teaching modules and places a particular emphasis on scientific literacy. This component includes a pre-release Advance Notice article. Question styles include short answer question styles (structured questions, problem solving, calculations, practical) and extended response questions.

Assessment Information

Advanced Notice Article 20/25 marks Questions 100 marks. Written examination 37% of total A level

Practical endorsement in chemistry (04) non exam assessment)

Performance in this component is reported separately to the performance in the A level as measured through externally assessed components 01 to 03. This non exam assessment component rewards the development of practical competency for chemistry and is teacher assessed. Learners complete a minimum of 12 assessed practical activities covering the specified t echnical skills (together with the use of apparatus and practical techniques). Learners may work in groups but must be able to demonstrate and record independent evidence of their competency. Teachers who award a pass to their learners need to be confident that the learner consistently and routinely exhibits the competencies required before c ompletion of the A level course. Full details still to be confirmed with Ofqual.

Assessment Information

Pass or Fail grade reported seperately to A Level grade.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Entry requirements

A* - B in Additional Science/Further Science/GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Maths

Assessment

See Course Content for full details of assessments

Future opportunities

Chemistry links to a huge range of courses and careers varying from Medical, Pharmaceutical and Veterinary courses to Accountancy! Any science based degree course will welcome a chemistry qualification.

Further information

The course combines well with several AS and A2 level subjects including Biology, Maths and Physics.

Student Views

“The AS chemistry course takes some aspects from GCSE and develops them into more complex, detailed manner. It develops investigative and observation skills and is a really interesting, exciting course to take.”

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathfield Community College directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year AS Level / 2 years A2 Level
  • Course code: OCR H033 / H433
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
    • Email address:
    • hholmes@heathfieldcc.co.uk

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