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Chemistry AS GCE AS Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Do you wonder what you and the materials around you are made of?
Are you good at problem solving, communicating and working in a team?
Do you want an AS or A2 that is highly regarded by Universities and employers?

Studying Chemistry is the solution!

Chemistry is taught at AS and A2 level following the AQA specification. This course is structured to develop your hands-on practical and data analysis skills through regular practical lessons, and to look more closely at topics introduced at GCSE, extending your knowledge and introducing new concepts, enabling you to appreciate Chemistry's relevance beyond the laboratory and to develop a life long love of Chemistry. Achieving an AS or A2 in Chemistry shows you have the ability to work hard and think clearly and logically.

Course content

The content of the course is divided into six units over AS and A2 which cover the three main areas of Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic and Physical). For you to succeed, you will have to show ability in each of the three areas. Practical skills are integral to the course and are assessed as part of units 3 and 6.

Entry requirements

You will need at least a Higher Tier grade C in Science/Chemistry and Mathematics at GCSE to take Chemistry at AS/A2 Level, though ideally, we would recommend a grade B or above in these subjects.



Unit 1 - Foundation Chemistry

This unit extends ideas on atomic structure, bonding and the Periodic Table from GCSE and introduces Organic Chemistry with the study of simple carbon compounds. Assessment: structured question paper in Year 12 (33% AS; 17% A2)

Unit 2 - Chemistry in Action

Covering the applications of Chemistry this unit develops ideas on reaction rates and considers the chemicals we use in everyday life. Assessment: structured question paper in Year 12 (47% AS; 23% A2)

Unit 3 - Practical and Investigative Skills

Practical skills acquired during units 1 and 2 are assessed in unit 3. The Practical Assessment is undertaken between January and May (20%AS; 10% A2)

Future opportunities

Chemistry is an essential A Level for any student wishing to pursue a career in medicine or linked professions and is particularly of value if you wish to develop a career in Pharmaceutical, Agrochemical or Petrochemical industries, or with manufacturers of detergents, paints dyes, cosmetics, textiles, perfumes and fragrances. Chemistry is a highly regarded A level (and degree) for many other employers, for example, Government, Journalism, Museums, Accountancy, Teaching and the Legal professions.

Further information

You will be taught by enthusiastic and experienced staff who will work with you to ensure you achieve your best. Chemistry is a fascinating but demanding course, requiring a high level of commitment and good mathematical skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weatherhead High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year