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Chemistry A Level at Sherburn High School

Course description

Chemistry is the Science of the material world. It is concerned with the structure and interactions of all matter in the universe. Chemists use their knowledge and skills to benefit and protect the human race. Our life would be so very different without the developments that have been made to fuels, smart materials and medicines!

Course content

AS Qualification

Modules include: Elements of life; Developing fuels; Elements from the sea; Ozone story and What’s in a medicine?

These modules will be assessed through two examinations. These will also assess your practical skills.

A2 Qualification

Modules include: The Chemical industry; Polymers and life; Oceans and Colour by design. These are in addition to the AS modules.

These modules and the practical skills that you have developed will be assessed through three examinations. There will be a teacher assessment of your competence in 12 practical activities although this will not contribute to your final grade.

Entry requirements

A minimum of grade B in GCSE Chemistry or A in GCSE Additional Science. Also a grade B in Mathematics.



Foundations of Chemistry
90 minute written exam containing structured questions on all modules. AS Level – 50%

Chemistry in depth
90 minute written exam containing questions that are structured; extended response and problem solving style. AS Level – 50%


Fundamentals of Chemistry
135 minute written exam with multiple choice and structured questions. A level – 41%

Scientific literacy in Chemistry
135 minute written exam with structured and extended response questions. A Level – 37%

Practical skills in Chemistry
90 minute written exam assessing practical skills through structured and extended response questions. A Level – 22%

Future opportunities

Chemistry is a subject which can be studied further at degree level or as an excellent foundation for a wide variety of higher education courses or careers. These include Medicine, Pharmacy, Finance, Forensic Science, Law, Physiotherapy, Sports Science and many more. Students often do not realise they need A level Chemistry to study for many Biology related degrees.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 March 2017
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