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Chemistry A Level - Block B at Gravesend Grammar School

Course description

For those who want to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, Chemistry is essential.  It is also required for Chemistry related course including biochemistry.  For those who have yet to decide upon their future career path this course will give you the skills and understanding to make decisions about the way in which Chemistry impacts on your life.  Chemistry will combine well with Biology, Physics and mathematics.

Course content

Unit 1: Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry.
This unit covers topics ranging from atomic structure and bonding to the study of elements in the periodic table.  From a physical chemistry perspective, rates of reaction, equilibrium and energetics are studied.  In addition there is an introduction to organic chemistry which is considered in this unit.

Unit 2: Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry.
Once again the core aspects of chemistry relating to atomic structure and the periodic table will be considered here but more content focus will be placed upon organic chemistry and related modern analytical techniques.  In addition, relevant inorganic chemistry will also be studied and assessed.

Unit 3: General and Practical Principles in Chemistry.
This section may draw from any topics studied in the previous units and will have a synoptic nature.  It will assess the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods that will be experienced directly in practical lesson.

Science practical endorsement: In addition to the formally examined section of the course, this further section will be internally assessed and moderated externally.  Students will be required to complete a minimum of 12 identified activities in which they demonstrate practical competence in the skill listed. This may be recorded on the student’s examination certificate.

Entry requirements

You are required to achieve:

  • A Level 6 in GCSE Chemistry, or a Level 6 in the higher Chemistry paper if double award GCSE is studied.

If you want to study more than one science subject at A Level, a Level 7 in each GCSE will be required.

ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS:

Please be advised that the mathematical demand of the subject has been substantially increased for the linear A-level. A high grade in GCSE mathematics is therefore recommended and we would strongly advise students to opt to study A level Mathematics alongside Chemistry.

Assessment

This will be by means of three external assessed exam papers that will cover the core topics and also practical principles learned throughout the course.

Unit 1: Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

  • Duration 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Consisting of multiple choice, open response and extended writing questions
  • 30% of the total qualification

Unit 2: Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry

  • Duration 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Consisting of multiple choice, open response and extended writing questions
  • 30% of the total qualification

Unit 3: General and Practical Principles in Chemistry

  • Duration 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Consisting of multiple choice, open response and extended writing questions
  • 40% of the total qualification

Future opportunities

Chemistry is essential should you wish to study a medically focussed subject or veterinary science, in addition to other chemistry related degree subjects.  As a facilitating subject, Chemistry will also be viewed favourably by universities and employers alike as it demonstrates a sound academic ability, highly valued in many other careers such as law and finance.

Further information

In addition to classroom tasks, resources and extension activities are made available via the school’s virtual learning environment.  Further support sessions may also be available throughout the year to assist students at all levels. 

 

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: 08 December 2017
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