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A Level Chemistry at All Saints Catholic High School

Course description

The course encourages students to develop essential knowledge and understanding of the concepts of chemistry and to appreciate the contributions of chemistry to society.

Practical work is seen as integral to the teaching of the theory and students will carry out practical work within the context of the theory units.

Course content

AS Level

Physical Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

A Level

Physical Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry.



Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Chemistry or a 6 and 6 in the Combined Award Science and Grade 5 in Mathematics.


AS is assessed by 2 written papers, both worth 50% of the AS grade. Students will be assessed on course content and relevant practical skills in both papers; the papers will include short answer comprehension, multiple choice, complex multi-step calculations and extended response questions.

A level is assessed by 3 written papers. Papers 1 & 2 are worth 35% of the A2 grade each Paper 3 is worth 30% of the A2 grade

Students will be assessed on content and practical skills. All papers will include short answer comprehension, multiple choice and extended response questions.

Practical Assessment

This is based on marks in the written exam; however practical skills will be assessed by teachers through direct observation of a range of skills and are divided into those that can be assessed in written exams and those that can only be directly assessed while students are carrying out experiments. A separate endorsement of practical skills will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observations of student’s competency in a range of skills.

Future opportunities

A range of practical skills are developed throughout the course. The course lays the foundation for any further study of Chemistry or related subjects in higher education. Possible careers include: Medicine, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy and Biochemistry.

Further information

Student comment:

“…I found the course very interesting especially the practical experiments which are allowing me to develop my handling skills. I am applying to Cambridge University to study Medicine.” 

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: 09 November 2017
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