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Chemistry AS/A Level at Saint Cecilia's Church of England School

Course description

Chemistry is truly the "central science". It is the science of the molecular scale, and it is at the molecular level where major advances are being made in many diverse areas such as medicine, drugs, nanotechnology, new materials and the environment. A sound knowledge of Chemistry is required to fully understand most other areas of science. Chemistry opens the door for many careers because training in Chemistry is essential for many positions in medicine, industry and is highly desirable for science teaching.  Chemistry is useful for careers in the public service and management. Both the public and the private sectors increasingly draw their higher management echelons from Chemistry graduates. But, most importantly, it is just so fascinating! If you want to understand the workings of the world around you - then Chemistry is for you!

This is a challenging course, best suited to those students with an enquiring mind, those who want a deeper knowledge of Chemistry. To ensure its relevance, the course places an emphasis on everyday life, green issues and economic awareness. The course involves a large practical element which is examined to determine a student’s quantitative, qualitative and evaluative abilities. There is also the requirement of good mathematical skills with regards to solving calculation based problems.

 

Course content

The AS Course covers three units which are: ž

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills. ž
  • Module 2: Foundations in chemistry ž
  • Module 3: Periodic table and energy ž
  • Module 4: Core organic chemistry ž
  • Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements

AS level there are two exam papers assessing content from modules 1 to 4.

A level covers three exam papers:

  • Paper 1 assesses content from modules 1,2,3 and 5
  • Paper 2 assesses content from modules 1,2,4 and 6
  • Paper 3 assesses content from modules 1 – 6 including theory as well as practical skills

Entry requirements

GCSE Additional Science or Chemistry Grade B.

 

 

Assessment

A level covers three exam papers:

  • Paper 1 assesses content from modules 1,2,3 and 5
  • Paper 2 assesses content from modules 1,2,4 and 6
  • Paper 3 assesses content from modules 1 – 6 including theory as well as practical skills.

There will be a practical endorsement from the centre which will be a pass or a fail.  This is an endorsement of the practical skills shown by the candidate throughout the course.

 

Financial information

Students in the Sixth Form, who are in need of some financial support, may be eligible for the Schools 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. This is the fund which replaces EMA and has been allocated directly, by the Government, to individual Schools to administer. This funding, however, does not replicate EMA and the amount of money available for distribution is much less. Therefore, we are committed to distributing Bursaries to those students with the greatest need. Eligibility for Guaranteed Bursary Students most in need will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year.

This group includes:

  • People in care, care leavers, people claiming income support, disabled young people who receive Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.

Future opportunities

Chemistry opens the door for many careers because training in Chemistry is essential for many positions in medicine, industry, is highly desirable for science teaching, and is useful for careers in the public service and management. Both the public and the private sectors increasingly draw their higher management echelons from Chemistry graduates.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, please contact us on 0208 7801244 or admissions@saintcecilias.london

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Cecilia's Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2016
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      Saint Cecilia’s is a co-educational comprehensive school for pupils aged 11-18 years in the Diocese of Southwark and the London Borough of Wandsworth. The school is highly successful and well-respected with a proven record of high academic standards taught in a caring, supportive and distinctly Christian environment.

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