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Chemistry AS/A Level at Fitzharrys School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level marks and grades. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of the AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond. If a student completes the A level course then it is only the assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade.

Course content


The Physical Chemistry topics are Atomic structure, Amount of substance, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier's principle, and Oxidation, reduction and redox equations. The areas of inorganic chemistry are Periodicity, Group 2, the alkaline earth metals and Group 7, the halogens. As an introduction to organic chemistry, students will study Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols and Organic analysis.


Students will study: Reaction rates and equilibrium, pH and buffers, Enthalpy, entropy and free energy, Redox and electrode potentials and Transition elements compounds, Further organic chemistry will include Aromatic compounds, Carbonyl compounds, Carboxylic acids and esters, Nitrogen compounds, Polymers, Organic synthesis, Chromatography and spectroscopy.

Entry requirements

You will need to enjoy learning new ideas and be prepared to persevere if you find something difficult. You should be well organised and able to work to a tight time schedule in experiments. You should not be afraid of basic calculations. You do not need to have studied separate sciences at GCSE.


AS Students will take two exams each worth 50% of the grade, each made up of a mixture of short answers, longer structured answers and multiple choice questions. Each paper is 1hr 30 mins. Practical skills are examined by the written papers

A2 students take three papers, two longer papers covering half the content each. These are made up of a mixture of short answers, longer structured answers and multiple choice questions. There is a slightly shorter, synoptic paper covering everything requiring longer answers. Practical competence is assessed via 12 practical tasks and reported separately as pass or fail.

Future opportunities

There are many careers in Chemistry open to you especially if you study the subject at University. Research and engineering jobs are interesting and rewarding. It is also a useful choice if you want to study

Biology at university.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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