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Chemistry A Level at QE Academy Trust

Course description

Chemistry A Level is the study of materials and their properties. It covers all aspects of the subject, focussing on the three main areas of Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. The course is designed to stimulate and sustain interest in Chemistry by presenting it in a variety of situations, many of them involving practical work.

The new courses in Post‐16 Chemistry place an emphasis on 'How Science Works' and the role Chemistry plays in a modern society. Study is made of contemporary Units such as Climate Change, Pharmaceuticals and Medicines Research, Green Chemistry and New Polymer Materials. Students need a firm academic grounding to succeed at AS and/or A Level Chemistry. They should have obtained a ‘good’ grade B or better (UMS 300+) in GCSE Additional Science. Alternatively those taking the Triple Science route should have attained ‘good’ grade Bs or above (UMS 300+). A B grade or better in Maths GCSE is also a requirement. Students should have enjoyed Chemistry at GCSE and be willing to bring an enquiring mind to the study of a fascinating subject.

We follow the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE in Chemistry specification.

The decoupling of the A level qualification means that the AS and A level qualification will in future be separate. All students will be enrolled onto the Advanced Subsidiary course in the first year. The intention will be that all will sit the exams for this qualification and dependent on grade achieved will then be able to move onto the Advanced course in the second year.

Course content

AS Level Units

Paper 1: Written ‐ covers Atomic and Electronic Structure, Bonding, Redox I, Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table and Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance. (1hr 30 mins ‐ 50% of AS)

Paper 2: Written – covers Bonding, Formulae Equations and Amounts of Substance, Organic Chemistry I, Modern Analytical Techniques, Energetics I, Kinetics and Equilibrium I. (1hr 30 mins ‐ 50% of AS)

Coursework – There is no coursework as such. Instead eight core practicals have to be done throughout the course which can be examined in the above papers.

A  Level Units

Paper 1: Written ‐ covers  those topics studied in the AS qualification and Equilibrium II, Acid/Base Equilibria, Energetics II, Redox II, Transition Metals. (1 hr 45mins ‐ 30% of A)

Paper 2: Written – covers those units studied in the AS qualification and Kinetics II, Organic Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry III and Modern Analytical Techniques II (1 hr 45 mins – 30%of A)

Paper 3: Written‐   Synoptic of whole course (2 hrs 30 mins. ‐ 40% of A) Coursework – There is no coursework as such. Instead sixteen core practicals (minimum) have to be done through the course which can be examined in the above papers. Also these practicals can be used to provide evidence for the Science Practical Endorsement. This will be published alongside the students A level grade.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements: to do the Level 3 programme at Queen Elizabeth’s, you will need
to have achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*‐C including at least one of
English/Maths. Individual courses might also require certain grades at GCSE in
particular subjects.

Future opportunities

The course is essential for anyone wishing to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science. It is also required for most other sciences and applied sciences, particularly those involving Chemistry or Biology. It is also required for Earth Sciences and goes well with Geography, Technology and Mathematics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 December 2015
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