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Chemistry A Level at Herne Bay High School

Course description


Studying Chemistry at a higher level  aims to encourage learners to:

 • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other

• develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods

• develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills

• develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject

• understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

A Level Assessment:

There will be one examination series available each year in June.

Paper 1 (2hours 15minutes) will assess any content in Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 and will be worth 100 marks which equates to 37% of the A level qualification.

Paper 2 (2hours 15minutes) will assess any content in Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 and will be worth 100 marks which equates to 37% of the A level qualification.

Paper 3 (1hour 30minutes) will assess any content in Modules 1to 6 and will be worth 70 marks which equates to 26% of the A level qualification.

A minimum of 12 practical activities to demonstrate practical competence. This will be reported separately from A level grade.

AS Assessment:

There will be one examination series available each year in June.

Paper 1 will assess Modules 1 to 4 and will be worth 70 marks which equates to 50% of the AS qualification.

Paper 2 will assess Modules 1 to 4 and will be worth 70 marks which equates to 50% of the AS qualification.


Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSE grades 9-4/A*-C including English Minimum Grade 4/C, Maths Minimum Grade 6/B, Combined Science 9/9-7/6 or Single Sciences 9-7 in Chemistry and 9-6 in Biology and Physics



AS/A Level Module 1 Development of practical skills in chemistry

The development of practical skills is fundamental to understanding the nature of chemistry. This includes the collection and analysis of empirical data.

AS/A Level Module 2 Foundations of chemistry

The study of atomic structure, quantitative chemistry, formulae, equations, amount of substance and the mole, reactions of acids, oxidation number and redox reactions and bonding and structure.

AS/A Level Module 3 Periodic table and energy

The focus of this module is inorganic and physical chemistry, the applications of energy use to everyday life and industrial processes, and current environmental concerns associated with sustainability.

AS/A Level Module 4 Core organic chemistry

Organic chemistry and its important applications to everyday life, including current environmental concerns associated with sustainability. It provides learners with a knowledge and understanding of the important chemical ideas that underpin the study of organic chemistry.

A Level Module 5 Physical chemistry and transition elements

This module extends the study of energy, reaction rates and equilibria, and the periodic table. The main areas of physical chemistry studied are rate equations, orders of reaction, the rate-determining step equilibrium constants, acid–base equilibria and buffer solutions lattice enthalpy and Born–Haber cycles, entropy and free energy and electrochemical cells. The main areas of inorganic chemistry studied are redox chemistry and transition elements.

A Level Module 6 Organic chemistry  and analysis

The main areas of organic chemistry studied in this module include aromatic compounds, carboxylic acids and esters, organic nitrogen compounds, amines and amino acids, polymerisation, addition polymers and condensation polymers, synthetic organic chemistry and further development of practical skills and  the importance of modern analytical techniques in organic analysis.

AS 2 x 1 1/2 hour written exams in June 2018

A Level 2 x 2 1/4 hour written exams and 1 x 1 1/2 hour written exams in June 2019

Financial information

There may be a charge for trips and visits etc

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which overlap with Chemistry such as Biology, Applied Science, Physics, Geography, Geology or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences, to prepare for higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Chemistry or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Pharmacist. The course will also help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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