Chemistry at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar Alford - A Selective Academy
A/S Units 1-3 & A2 Units 4-6
At AS Level candidates are given a solid grounding in foundation Chemistry. The speciﬁcation introduces
the chemical reactivity of atoms and molecules and provides an understanding of their structures. The
development and use of the periodic table is explained. The introduction of Practical Skills Assignments
(PSA) and an Investigative Skills Assessment (ISA) into the speciﬁcation allow pupils to gain credit for work
done in routine class practicals as well as an Invesigative Assignment. Assessment becomes linked to the
work of the course, and moves away from formulaic testing.
At A2 Level the speciﬁcation develops the concepts of physical chemistry introduced at AS. Candidates
will study kinetics, equilibria, organic chemistry and spectroscopic techniques to determine the molecular
formulae and structures of organic compounds. Candidates will continue to be assessed through PSA,
gaining credit for work done in routine class practicals. This is again in tandem with an Investigative Skills
To enter the Sixth Form, pupils should normally have achieved a minimum of 8 GCSE passes including English and Mathematics at grade C or above. For A level study, students should usually have a grade A or above (and at least a B) in the subjects they wish to study.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar Alford - A Selective Academy directly.