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Chemistry A Level at Woodroffe School

Course description

Chemistry is one of the fundamental ways that we can learn about our environment, what makes things work and even life itself. It is a requirement for a number of important careers and useful for a great many more. Obviously Chemistry fits well with the other Science disciplines and with Maths. It is essential for degrees in related subjects. Chemistry is essentially a practical subject and we aim to let the students do as much practical investigation as possible.

Course content

Year 12

Paper 1 - Inorganic and Physical Chemistry.
Paper 2 - Organic and Physical Chemistry.
Practical Skills - (eight Core Practicals) These will be taught during the course and they will be assessed as part of the theory papers, accounting for 15%.

Year 13

Paper 1 - Inorganic and Physical Chemistry.
Paper 2 - Organic and Physical Chemistry.
Paper 3 - Practical Skills, data handling and synopsis.
Practical Skills - (eight Core Practicals) These will be taught during the course and they will be assessed as part of the theory papers, accounting for 15%.

Entry requirements

Two Separate Science GCSEs at Grade B or above including Chemistry, or alternatively two GCSEs Grade B from the Core and Additional Science GCSEs. A GCSE Grade 6 or above in Maths is essential due to a minimum of 20% of the available marks being awarded for Maths at Level two standard or above. A GCSE Grade 6 or above in English is needed. It is advisable to be studying another Science A Level alongside.

Assessment

Year 12

Paper 1 - 50%. Written Exam of one hour 30 minutes worth 80 marks.
Paper 2 - 50%. Written Exam one hour 30 minutes worth 80 marks.
N.B. INTERNAL ASSESSMENT ONLY

Year 13

Paper 1 - 30% Written Exam of one hour 45 mins, worth 90 marks.
Paper 2 - 30% Written Exam of one hour, worth 90 marks.
Paper 3 - 40% Written Exam of two hours, worth 120 marks.
The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions. Practical endorsement - confirmation on completion of all 16 core practicals.

Further information

The students are involved in visits. For example, The University of Exeter Organic Molecules practical day. Year 12 will be assessed internally and then this assessment will determine the suitability of students to continue on to Year 13.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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