Chemistry is all around us; from the reactions in our body, to the production of
food and the clothes we wear. A Level Chemistry offers pupils an opportunity to
investigate the properties of chemicals and see how they interact/react. Students will develop an understanding of the key concepts that underpin many; biological, industrial, chemical and topical environment processes that are key to understanding how
humans impact their environment.
Students will advance their GCSE understanding and develop new insights into
how our world works at a molecular level. New concepts at A level are; the chemistry of carbon and proteins (vital for all lift processes), and energy changes
which drive all chemical reactions.
The development of analytical skills is a key to this course as well as improving
exam writing skills. Good mathematical skills especially algebra are vital, as there is a lot of rearranging and substituting equations and calculating chemical qualities in the course.
At AS Level there are two taught units, each accounting for 50% of the AS grade,
these are examined at the end of the year in two 90 minute examinations.
Unit 1: Breadth in Chemistry (1 hour 30 minutes)
Unit 2: Depth in Chemistry (1 hour 30 minutes)
At A Level there are three units.
Unit 4: Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (2 hours 15 minutes 37%)
Unit 5: Synthesis and Analytical techniques (2 hours 15 minutes 37%)
Unit 6: Unified Chemistry (1 hour 30 minutes 26%)
Grade B in English Language, Grade B in GCSE Chemistry Separate, Grade BB in Additional Science with clear strength in Chemistry. Grade B Mathematics.