A-Level Chemistry at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (Blurton)
The aims of these specifications are to encourage candidates to:
- develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers in chemistry;
- appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;
- develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works;
develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to each other.
- Atoms, Bonds and Groups
- Chains, Energy and Resources
- Practical Skills in Chemistry 1
- Rings, Polymers and Analysis
- Equilibria, Energetics and Elements
Practical Skills in Chemistry 2
5 GCSE grades A*-C including at least grade B in Science - individual circumstances to be discussed
30% of the total AS GCE marks (15% A2)
1 hr written exam paper
50% of the total AS GCE marks (25% A2)
1 ¾ hr written exam paper
Practical Skills -
20% of the total AS GCE marks (10% A2)
Qualitative task (10 marks)
Quantitative task (15 marks)
Evaluative task (15 marks)
40 marks in total
15% of the total Advanced GCE marks
1 ¼ hr written exam paper
25% of the total Advanced GCE marks
2 hr written exam paper
Practical skills -
10% of the total Advanced GCE marks
Qualitative (10 marks)
Quantitative (15 marks)
Evaluative (15 marks)
40 marks in total
Bursary applications are means tested
What is next for me after this course?
A qualification in Chemistry is recognised as being extremely important by employers and universities.
Possible careers include:
- Veterinary Science
- Science Teaching and most forms of management
What skills do I need?
Throughout the course you will undertake a range of tasks.
These will require you to:
- read around the subject both prior to and after the lesson
- research given topics
- manage your own time
- work in teams
- solve problems
- analyse data
Entry requirements are open to negotiation with individual students once final GCSE results are known, but as a general rule:
- students taking either AS GCE or the 2 year Advanced GCE should have obtained a grade B (or better) in either GCSE Core AND Additional Science or Chemistry GCSE.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (Blurton) directly.