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Chemistry AS & A level at Stowupland High School

Course description

This course stretches and extends your GCSE knowledge, it takes things into more detail and you will learn the hows and whys of so many aspects of Science.

If you can survive A level Chemistry you will go out into the big wide world numerate, literate and able to think for yourself.  You will be snapped up by universities and employers alike.  This course will prepare you excellently for any science course you may choose to study and will give you an edge over students who have studied more conventional courses which do not require you to apply knowledge in the same way.  

Entry requirements

The course builds upon the knowledge and understanding of GCSE Science.  It is expected that students will have achieved a GCSE grade B or above.  During the course students will need to be able to communicate effectively and research information from a variety of sources.  During parts of the course students will also be expected to handle and interpret data.  As a result students are also expected have grade C or above in English and Maths.


The AS course consists of 2 papers worth 50% each:

Paper 1 lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 80 marks, a minimum of 20% of the marks will be  awarded for mathematical skills.  Some questions will assess the theoretical understanding of experimental methods.  It examines atomic structure, bonding, redox, inorganic chemistry and moles.

Paper 2 follows the same format as paper 1 but concentrates on Organic and Physical chemistry; bonding moles, organic chemistry, analytical techniques, energetics, kinetics and equilibrium.

The A2 course consists of 3 papers:

Papers 1 and 2 follow the same format as the AS papers, they are worth 30% each.  Paper 1 covers Inorganic and Physical chemistry and Paper 2 covers Organic and Physical chemistry.  They are 1 hour and 45 minutes long and consist of 90 marks, 20% or these will be maths skills.

Paper 3 is worth 40% of the total qualification, it could cover any part of the specification and will contain questions which assess the practical concepts and the core practicals.  It lasts for 2 hours 30 minutes and consists of 120 marks.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September