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Chemistry A Level at Fairfax School

Course description

If you enjoyed Chemistry at GCSE, you will love A level Chemistry. Chemistry at A Level helps students develop a number of skills: how to assemble data and assess it, how to investigate facts and use deduction, how to put over your point of view fluently, how to work as a team to achieve results. Students with a wide range of interests enjoy chemistry, and it is a solid platform upon which careers are built. Chemistry is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science. It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.

Course content


Physical content
Atomic Structure, Amou13nt of Substance,
Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical Equilibria and Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

Inorganic content,
Periodicity, Group 2 Alkali Earth Metals, Group 7 Halogens

Organic content
Introduction to Organic, Alkanes, Haloalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Organic Analysis


TOPICS STUDIED: For Year 13, students develop further the concepts and principles introduced in Year 12 through topics on Physical, Organic and Inorganic chemistry.


- Paper 1: Relevant physical and Inorganic chemistry topics and associated practical’s – 35% of the total A-Level marks

- Paper 2: Relevant physical and organic chemistry topics and associated practical’s
– 35% of the total A-Level marks

- Paper 3: Any content and any practical skill – a mixture of long, short and multiple choice questions
– 30% of the total A-Level marks

Entry requirements

The step up to the sixth form from Key Stage 4 provides an exciting challenge. It requires a successful academic record and a genuine interest and motivation in learning. We are proud of our reputation for being an inclusive sixth form with outstanding results. We work very hard with our prospective students to ensure they are enrolled in courses that are entirely appropriate to their abilities and interests.

Applicants will need to have at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics and an additional 3 GCSE grades A*-C

- There are also subject specific requirements which can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus. 
- Internal applicants who meet the minimum academic entrance requirements will be offered a place automatically (subject to individual subject requirements and availability of courses). 
- All successful applicants will be required to sign a sixth form code of conduct in recognition of the Academy’s expectations of sixth form students in terms of their behaviour, punctuality and attendance.

Fairfax students unlikely to meet these requirements should seek advice from their Head of Year, the school careers adviser or the Director of Sixth Form about possible options available to them.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 August 2017
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