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Chemistry A level at Valentines High School

Course description

Year 12 Outline

Coverage of the topics in the first two modules in Year 12 provides a sound foundation for the more complex and detailed study of the inorganic, physical and organic chemistry contained in the A2 modules. Practical skills will be taught and assessed via 6 controlled practicals during the course. The list of skills has to be achieved if the student is to achieve the Practical Endorsement. The teaching programme is composed of lectures on the principles and scientific models upon which chemistry is based. This theory is punctuated with practical work, demonstrations and videos which bring these ideas to life and develop your practical skills.

Year 13 A2 Outline

In Year 13 we further develop the concepts and ideas encountered earlier. The two modules are theoretical but a range of practical work will enable student to become practically competent. This competence will be assessed via a further 6 Controlled practicals. These are essential if the student is to achieve the practical endorsement. Throughout the course care is taken to broaden not only the students’ chemical knowledge but also to make them aware of the different areas in which their newly acquired knowledge and skills apply. The course continually relates the reactions dealt with, to social, environmental and industrial applications.

Entry requirements

GCSE grades BB in Core and Additional Science (or equivalent) and GCSE grade B in English and B in Mathematics.

Future opportunities

Of the three main areas of Science, A level Chemistry is the qualification most often needed to join a science based degree course.

 A qualification in Chemistry can lead to a very wide range of careers and vocations. The need for people with a good understanding of Chemistry is increasing with the need for the development of new materials. An understanding of Chemistry is essential in Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Forensic science and Polymer technology. There is a strong emphasis on collaborative work, discussion and preparation of presentations including power points during Year 12 and 13. This helps develop the independent skills and confidence students need for university applications and interviews

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years