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Chemistry A-Level at Kendrick Academy

Course description

During the first part of Year 12, the concepts and ideas studied at GCSE level will be reviewed and built on, with topics including Atomic Structure and Bonding, Chemical Calculations and Basic Organic Chemistry. This allows all students, regardless of the specification studied at GCSE level, to gain a firm basis for progression. During the second part of Year 12, topics such as Energetics, Kinetics, Alkenes, Alcohols and Group 2 Metals are covered. Towards the end of Year 12 and into Year 13, more advanced topics are studied. Organic Chemistry is developed further with topics such as Stereoisomerism, Aromatic Chemistry and Structure Determination (including NMR) being taught. Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry topics include Thermodynamics, Redox Equilibria and Transition Metals. The complete two years of study lead to the A-level examination.

Course content

During the two year A level course students will develop their practical skills through carrying out a range of experiments including twelve required practical tasks. Practical skills are assessed within the A-level written examinations. In addition, a separate 'endorsement of practical skills' will be taken alongside A-level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students' competency in a range of skills that are not assessable within written examinations.

To provide flexibility, students may have the option of taking an AS examination in Chemistry in the summer of Year 12. This is a stand alone qualification and marks from AS do not contribute to A-level. The content of the AS course is the same as the early parts of the A-level course, but assessed at a lower level. Students must carry out six required practical tasks that are assessed within the AS written examinations.

Chemistry provides students with the opportunity to develop a range of skills including analytical skills, independent learning and practical skills.


Examinations (100%). In addition, for A-level, there is a 'Practical Skills Endorsement' that is teacher assessed (pass/fail).

Future opportunities

Chemistry is a rigorous and in-demand A Level subject. The versatility of Chemistry at A Level means that the student who achieves a good Chemistry result can go on to do a variety of degree courses at university. As well as the study of Chemistry, other popular degree courses include Biology, Biochemistry, Engineering, Pharmacology, Veterinary Science and Medicine. An A Level in Chemistry is required for the study of Medicine at most Universities and Medical Schools. The study of Chemistry provides a sound basis for careers directly using Chemistry, such as Medicine, as well as for many others in which the problem-solving, numeracy and linguistic skills acquired during the course are highly regarded, such as Law and Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kendrick Academy directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years