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Chemistry AS & A Level at Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Chemistry involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from atomic structure to spectroscopy. In the first year there are three learning units.

In Unit 1 you’ll cover foundation subjects like atomic structure, periodicity and organic chemistry. Then in Unit 2 you’ll work up to topics like kinetics, alkenes and analytical techniques. Unit 3 happens throughout the year and is dedicated to investigative and practical skills.

In Year 2 you study Unit 4 which includes topics like equilibria, polymers and aromatic chemistry. Unit 5 covers thermodynamics, energetics and inorganic chemistry.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Core and Additional Science.


There are three written papers all are sat at the end of the two year course. Each paper is two hours long and includes a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and long answer questions .

Practical skills that have been taught throughout the course are assessed within the three papers .

Future opportunities

Chemistry is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science. It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2016

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