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Chemistry at Sir William Robertson Academy

Course description

Students are encouraged to develop hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills, to appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory, to develop an enthusiasm for Chemistry, to demonstrate a synoptic understanding and to study Chemistry in a contemporary context.

At AS Level, students are provided with 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 periodic table is explained. The introduction of Practical Skills Assignments (PSA) into the specifi cation allows teachers to credit students for work completed in routine class practicals. Assessment becomes linked to the work of the course and moves away from formulaic testing:

  • Unit 1: Foundation Chemistry
  • Unit 2: Chemistry in Action
  • Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills (Internal Assessment).

    At A2 Level the specifi cation develops the concepts of physical chemistry introduced at AS. Students study kinetics, equilibria, organic chemistry and spectroscopic techniques to determine the molecular formulae and structures of organic compounds. Students continue to be assessed through PSA, gaining credit for work undertaken in routine class practicals:

  • Unit 4: Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry
  • Unit 5: Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills (Internal Assessment).
  • Entry requirements

    The minimum entry requirement to get on a full AdvancedLevel programme at Sir William Robertson Sixth Form is 5GCSE grades at A*-C including English and Maths.

    We would also normally expect you to have at least a grade C at GCSE, where taken, in the subject or course you wishto take at Advanced Level.

    Where the GCSE has not been taken, the Core and/or a related GCSE will be used todetermine suitability.

    How to apply

    If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Robertson Academy directly.

    Last updated date: 20 June 2014

    Key information

    • Start date: Next September
    • Duration: 2 years

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