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Chemistry A Level at Chadwell Heath Academy

Course description

Students will study aspects of chemistry that are often in the media and affect their lives. It is important that students have the necessary background GCSE so that they can make the best start to A-level Chemistry.

The A-level courses bear little resemblance to GCSE chemistry as the level of the content is much higher. Mathematical skills are required along with an ability to express complex scientific ideas in essay type questions.

Topics you may recognise would be exothermic reactions, formulas and equations, mole calculations, percentage yield calculation, reduction / oxidation reactions and alkanes & alkenes. All of these topics are included in the higher tier GCSE paper but not all are in the foundation tier.

Course content

Paper 1
Topic 1: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
Topic 2: Bonding and Structure
Topic 3: Redox
Topic 4: Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table
Topic 5: (largest topic) Formulae, Equation and Calculations

Paper 2
Topic 2: Bonding and Structure
Topic 5: Formulae, Equation and calculation
Topic 7: Modern Analytical Technique
Topic 8: Energetics
Topic 9: Kinetics Topic 10: Equilibrium

Each of these papers will include multiple choice, short open, open response, calculations and extended writing questions. All papers will expect a reasonable level of mathematics and 20% of the marks awarded will be for this level of mathematics.

Students are expected to carry out the eight core practical experiments that are identified in the content and there will be questions on these experiments in the exam.

There will be no marks allocated to this work, so in effect there is no coursework.


2 x 1 hour 45 minutes examination

* All students will sit the AS at the end of the first year, the topics covered at AS will then be further developed during the second year of A Level.

Future opportunities

Degrees in Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biological Sciences, Environmental Science, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Teaching.

Other courses that include Chemistry are for example: Sports Science, Pharmacology, Forensic Science , Toxicology and Cosmetic Science.

Many employers view success in Chemistry as a clear indication of sound academic ability. Chemistry can be used for many careers including the Stock Market, Law and Media Industries.

Straight into work – Laboratory Technician, Dental Assistant, Science Journalism, Phlebotomy, Retail, Hair and Beauty Consultancy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chadwell Heath Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2017
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