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Chemistry A Level at Maricourt Catholic High School

Course description

Chemistry is a challenging and interesting A Level subject that provides links with the other Sciences as well as subjects like Geography and Geology. Chemistry is seen as essential for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Biochemistry (including genetics) and all forms of Industrial and Research Chemistry. It also provides a common route into more diverse professions such as Law, Accountancy, Financial trading, Marketing, Research and Development and Health and Safety. Many students opt for AS Chemistry because they enjoyed the GCSE course and wish to know more about chemical reactions and how they affect the world in which we live.

Course content

AS Examinations:
Paper 1- Physical and Inorganic Chemistry with relevant practical skills
Paper 2- Physical and Organic Chemistry with relevant practical skills

A2 Examinations:
Paper 1- Physical and Inorganic Chemistry with relevant practical skills
Paper 2- Physical and Organic Chemistry with relevant practical skills
Paper 3- Any content and any practical skills – synoptic

Entry requirements

Students must have completed a Higher Tier GCSE science course and should have achieved a grade A or higher in the examined sections of the course, coursework not included. A* preferred in all cases, with teacher recommendation. Maths, Grade B minimum (Higher Tier). Please note: There are only 24 places available here at Maricourt and we are usually oversubscribed. It would therefore be a good idea to speak to Miss Stephenson as early as possible if you are considering Chemistry to get an idea of how many others are also considering taking the subject.

If we have more than 24 applicants with the required grade A at higher tier science we use a suitability rating system to decide who to take.

In our system; your grade, course studied, attendance, and your GCSE teacher’s assessment of your behaviour, attitude and homework completion all weigh heavily on your overall suitability to take Chemistry and therefore your overall suitability score. Which other subjects you are taking is also considered. Taking other sciences and mathematics are all advantageous to your overall suitability score.

We take the top scoring 24 students; this means we cannot give a confirmed acceptance until we see your actual GCSE grade.

Further information

MOST IMPORTANTLY – do not choose chemistry if you don’t like any other subjects in the block or because you don’t really know what you want to do and you think you might enjoy it. Chemistry is a very rewarding course but is very demanding and only for those who are fully committed.

Chemistry is taught for 4½ hours per week.

For our students it is critical to them that they achieve their target grade in chemistry. This is because they realize that it is the key to getting them on the course they want at degree level. With this in mind we aim to tailor our teaching to the individual student as much as possible. In most cases we already know our students very well since we taught them at GCSE and therefore feel we are better able to support them than a large 6th form college would.

This commitment to personalized learning allows extra time for us to give additional help in class to any and all students who are finding any aspect of the work difficult. If a student still needs further help we are always available to give extra time after school. This is most certainly one of our biggest strengths as an institution.

We work hard to create a supportive and nurturing environment for all our A level students.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 February 2017

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