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Chemistry A Level at Amersham School

Course description

Chemistry is a fun, interesting and stimulating A Level, which is recognised by universities and employers as one of the most challenging subjects to study at Level 3. Chemistry is a key requirement for future careers in the medical and veterinary fields and works well as a choice of many other subjects including the other Sciences, Mathematics and Geography. You will study organic, inorganic, physical and analytic chemistry in great depth. There are plenty of opportunities to develop your practical skills through a series of exciting experiments, mapped out across the two years.

Course content

Year 1

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Chemistry
Chemistry is a practical subject and the development of practical skills is fundamental to understanding the nature of chemistry. This course gives students many opportunities to develop the fundamental skills needed to collect and analyse data. Skills in planning, implementing, analysing and evaluating will be assessed in the written papers.

Module 2 – Foundations in Chemistry
Students will learn a variety of inorganic chemistry topics including; atoms, compounds, molecules and equations; the amount of substance; acid-base and redox reactions; electrons, bonding and structure.

Module 3 - Periodic Table and Energy
In this module, students gain a thorough understanding of the complexity of the Periodic Table and develop their skills physical chemistry and energy in chemistry.

Module 4 - Core Organic Chemistry
This exciting and popular module introduces students to the chemistry of key groups of organic molecules, including alkanes, alkenes, alcohols and haloalkanes. Students are also introduced to the forensic chemistry.

Year 2

Module 5 - Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
Students extend their understanding of energy and equilibrium and study the exciting chemistry of transition elements in depth.

Module 6 - Organic Chemistry and Analysis
Students learn more about a wide variety of homologous series and further develop their forensic analysis skills.

Entry requirements

8 GCSE Grades A*- C including grade 7 in Mathematics and A* - B in Science

Assessment

All assessment takes place through external examinations at the end of the two year course. There is no coursework component. Students will also be awarded a Pass / Fail in Practical Skills (this does not contribute to their final A Level grade). There are three exams, which incorporate both Year 12 and Year 13 theory:

Exam 1 - Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry
External – 37% of final grade

Exam 2 - Synthesis and Analytical Techniques
External – 37% of final grade

Exam 3 - Unified Chemistry
External – 26% of final grade

Future opportunities

Chemistry A level is an essential requirement for many science-based courses at university and is highly regarded by employers. The challenges of this highly academic subject are more than matched by the opportunities open to its students.

Careers could include Doctor, Vet, Pharmacist, Biochemist, Pharmacologist, Chemical Engineer, Analytical Chemist, Forensic Scientist and many more.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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