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Chemistry AS and A Level at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form

Course description

Chemistry evolved from the medieval practice of alchemy. Its bases were laid by scientists you may have heard of such as Boyle, Lavoisier, Priestly, Berzelius, Avogadro, Dalton and Pasteur. If you really want to understand the causes of the wonderful world around us, Chemistry provides some very important clues.

The Advanced Level course expands upon the Chemistry content of your GCSE science course and studies the laws, theories and models that underline the reactions of elements and compounds. The course also expands on carbon chemistry to give an insight into the many uses of carbon-based compounds, which are at the cutting edge of current research and development.

A comprehensive practical programme provides a springboard to University courses such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Pharmacy. It is also highly desirable in many other fields such as Biology, Forensics, Ecology, Agriculture and Engineering. But of course, Chemistry can equip you for a career in almost anything!

Course content

Unit One

CHEM1 Foundation Chemistry

Unit Two

CHEM2 Chemistry In Action

Unit Three

Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills

Unit Four

CHEM4 Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry

Unit Five

CHEM5 Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

Unit Six

Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills CHM6T, Centre Marked Route T (50 raw marks/60 UMS)

Entry requirements

Preferably Grade B’s minimum at GCSE Science, Mathematics and English.

Possibly Grade C’s at Separate Science with consultation.

Assessment

Unit One

Unit One

Examination paper (70 raw marks/100 UMS). 4 - 6 short answer questions plus 1 - 2 longer structured question(s).

1 hour 15 minutes

33 1/3% of the total AS marks

16 2/3% of the total A Level marks

Unit Two

Examination paper (100 raw marks/140 UMS). 6 - 8 short answer questions plus 2 longer structured questions.

1 hour 45 minutes

46 2/3% of the total AS marks

23 1/3% of the total A Level marks

Unit Three

CHM3T, Centre Marked Route T (50 raw marks/60 UMS)

Practical Skills Assessment (PSA - 12 raw marks)

Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA - 38 raw marks)

20% of the total AS marks

10% of the total A Level marks

Unit Four

Examination paper (100 raw marks/120 UMS). 6 - 8 short answer questions plus 2 - 3 structured questions.

Some of the questions will have synoptic elements.

1 hour 45 minutes

20% of the total A Level marks

Unit Five

Examination paper (100 raw marks/120 UMS). 6 - 8 short answer questions plus 2 - 3 longer structured questions. Some of the questions will have synoptic elements.

1 hour 45 minutes

20% of the total A Level marks

Unit Six

Practical Skills Assessment (PSA - 12 raw marks)

Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA - 38 raw marks)

10% of the total A Level marks

Future opportunities

It should come as no surprise that Chemistry is an essential requirement if you wish to pursue a career in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Pharmacy.

It is also highly desirable for students wishing to enter the fields of Biology, Agriculture, Ecology, Nursing, Forensic Science, Polymer Science, Archaeology and Geology.  But, of course, Chemistry can equip you for a career in almost anything!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Whitham Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016

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