Chemistry A Level at Aylesbury Grammar School
There are many reasons for studying Chemistry at A Level. It is an obvious requirement if you want to study Chemistry, or related subjects such as biochemistry, pharmacy or chemical engineering at university, but you will also find it is essential for entry to Higher Education courses in a wide range of biological, medical, veterinary and agricultural subjects. In addition, there are many tertiary courses for which Chemistry would be acceptable, though not essential, as part of your combination of subjects. Science is about explaining the behaviour of the universe and applying the knowledge for the benefit of mankind.
In our A Level Chemistry course, you will come closer to the fundamental reasons why atoms and molecules behave as they do, see how Chemistry is essential to a modern, technological and healthy society and feel some of the excitement of recent advances in chemistry, biochemistry and the science of materials. Britain continues to win Nobel Prizes in chemistry, medicine and biology.
During Year 12 the topics studied include: Atomic Structure and Bonding, Periodicity, an Introduction to Organic Chemistry, Energy Changes, Rates of Reactions, Reversible Reactions, Redox Reactions, Group 2 and Group 7 Chemistry and further Organic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry.
During Year 13 the topics studied include: Acids and Bases, Structure Determination, Biochemistry, Polymers, Transition Metals and Reactions of Aqueous Inorganic Compounds and the further study of Reaction Rate, Reversible Reactions, Energy Changes, Redox Reactions, Periodicity and Organic Chemistry.
a GCSE grade A in Chemistry or in Science and Additional Science (or a B with a strong teacher recommendation) is the minimum required to apply for Chemistry AS Level. The mathematical demands of the course will be well within your scope if you have a good GCSE Grade B or better in mathematics. You will need to re-arrange and apply simple equations.
Paper 1 Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Assessment is by a 2 hour exam consisting of 105 marks from short and long questions which makes up 35% of the total A Level mark. This assesses students on inorganic topics and relevant physical chemistry topics and practical skills
Paper 2 Organic and Physical Chemistry Assessment is by a 2 hour exam consisting of 105 marks from short and long questions which makes up 35% of the total A Level mark. This assesses students on organic topics and relevant physical chemistry topics and practical skills
Paper 3 Chemistry Assessment is by a 2 hour exam consisting of 40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis, 20 marks of questions testing across the specification and 30 marks of multiple choice questions. This makes up 30% of the A Level mark.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aylesbury Grammar School directly.