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Chemistry A Level at Hayes School

Course description

A content-led approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of chemistry. The teaching of Practical Skills is integrated with the Theoretical Topics and they are both assessed through written papers. Practical Endorsement is achieved at A level only by the submission of a range of practical work.

Aims: Over the two-year course students will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to study the applications of Chemistry in a modern society leading to an appreciation:
- of the contributions chemists make to society through their work;
- that these contributions, though largely beneficial, are not without risk
- of how chemists obtain useful materials from naturally occurring substances
- the chemists consider social, health, safety, environmental and economic factors when designing and carrying out chemical operations
- of how chemists use modern advances in information technology and instrumentation.

Course content

Module 1 Development of Practical Skills

Module 2 Foundations of Chemistry

Module 3 Periodic Table & Energy

Module 4 Core Organic Chemistry

Module 5 Physical Chemistry & Transition Elements

Module 6 Organic Chemistry & analysis

Entry requirements

B in Core Science and A in Additional Science. BBC in Triple Science (C in Physics). Plus Grade 5 in Maths.


A level - H432 - Modules 1-6 examined through 3 written papers (2 x 2¼ hrs and 1 x 1½ hrs) at the end of Year 13. Assessment will be through a wide range of questions including multiple choice questions, short answer and extended response questions covering both theory and practical skills covered throughout the course.

Students will be expected to submit a portfolio of their practical work that they have produced over the two years to achieve a Practical Endorsement. This is awarded as pass or fail and will be included separately on their A level certificate.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 August 2017
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      Exit M25 at Junction 4 (signposted A21 Bromley & Orpington)
      Continue on A21 towards Bromley. Turn left onto A232 towards Hayes and Croydon. Turn right into West Common Road the main school entrance is on West Common Road.


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      Visitor bays are available at the entrance to the school

      BY RAIL

      We are located just up the hill from Hayes (Kent) Station (Connections from Lewisham or direct from Charing Cross). After exiting the station, walk right on Station Hill past the New Cross Inn, then walk up Ridge Way until you reach West Common Road. Turn right and walk along until you reach the school on your left.

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      146 Downe - Keston - Hayes - Bromley

      119 Bromley - Hayes - West Wickham - Shirley - Croydon - Croydon Airport

      138 Bromley - Coney Hall

      353 Ramdsen Estate - Hayes -Addington Village

      314 New Addington - Hayes - Bromley - Elmstead Woods - New Eltham - Eltham