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Chemistry A Level at Chipping Sodbury School

Course description

At AS level candidates are given a solid grounding in foundation chemistry, which will be invaluable to anyone intending to study physical, biological sciences or engineering at university level. The specification introduces the chemical reactivity of atoms and molecules and provides an understanding of their structures. The development and use of the periodic table is explained. The introduction of practical skills assignments (PSA) into the specification allows teachers to credit candidates for work done in routine class practicals.

A2-Level candidates will, in addition, study kinetics, equilibria, thermodynamics , organic chemistry and spectroscopic techniques to determine the molecular formulae and structures of organic compounds. Practical skills will continue to be assessed through PSA. This course will be taught mainly through practical work and dynamic delivery of theoretical elements.

Course content

AS Units

  • CHEM 1 - Foundation Chemistry
  • CHEM 2 - Chemistry in Action

A2 Units

  • CHEM 4 - Kinetics, Equilibria & Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 5 - Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths. Plus 2 B’s in Sciences + B in Maths


Units 1-4 practical skills are assessed throughout the course by internal assessment.

Future opportunities

Chemistry permeates all aspects of our lives. From cosmetics and pharmaceuticals to smart phones and computers, everything you use will have had inputs from chemists and materials scientists. This makes it a fascinating subject to study with the opportunity to delve into cutting edge science. An A level in chemistry is also valued by employers and colleges who recognise the rigour and discipline involved. A qualification in chemistry can lead to careers in science, software development, finance, medicine, as well as degree courses in chemistry, chemical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and dentistry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chipping Sodbury School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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