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Chemistry at Watford Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Awarding Body: Edexcel

The Edexcel Chemistry course is designed to be a motivating, contemporary course. Practical activities are embedded within each unit, reflecting the nature of chemistry. Applications of chemistry that are in the media and everyday life are emphasised. The course begins with an introductory section in which essential chemical ideas from the GCSE Science course are reinforced, helping students to adapt to the demands of the subject at Advanced level. The course is divided into topics, which are grouped into units.

The course is demanding and success at Advanced Level requires genuine interest, commitment, consistent effort and the motivation to make productive use of private study time for reading and consolidating work covered in lessons. The course is however satisfying and fun.

Course content

AS Level:-

Unit 1: The Core Principles of Chemistry

• Formulae, equations and amounts of substance.

• Energetics.

• Atomic structure and the Periodic Table.

• Bonding.

• Introductory organic chemistry.

Unit 2: Application of Core Principles of Chemistry

• Shapes of molecules and ions.

• Intermediate bonding and bond polarity.

• Intermolecular forces.

• Redox.

• The periodic table – groups 2 and 7.

• Kinetics.

• Chemical equilibria.

• Organic chemistry.

• Mechanisms.

• Mass spectra and IR.

• Green chemistry.

Unit 3: Chemistry Laboratory Skills

Practical Assessment.

A Level:-

Unit 4: Rates, Equilibria and Further Organic Chemistry

• How fast? – rates.

• How far? – entropy.

• Equilibria.

• Application of rates and equilibrium.

• Acid / base equilibria.

• Further organic chemistry.

• Spectroscopy and chromatography.

Unit 5: Transition Metals and Organic Nitrogen Chemistry

• Redox and the chemistry of the transition metals.

• Organic chemistry – arenes, nitrogen compounds and synthesis.

Unit 6: Chemistry Laboratory Skills

Practical Assessment.

Entry requirements

• At least Grade B or above in Core and Additional science or Grade B or above in Chemistry. However, we strongly recommend Grade A, especially for those seriously considering a career requiring science such as medicine, veterinary science, physiotherapy, psychology, natural sciences, chemistry, engineering etc.

• A high level of competence in literacy and numeracy is necessary. Therefore, at least a Grade B in English and a Grade B in Mathematics is required.

• A genuine desire to know and understand science principles and concepts, to research, carry out practical investigations and consider How Science Works.

If you have any questions about your suitability for the course please ask your Chemistry teacher.



Unit 1 - External exam (1 hr 30 min)

AS - 40%, A-level - 20%.

Unit 2 - External exam (1 hr 30 min)

AS - 40%, A-level - 20%.

Unit 3 - Internal practical assessment

AS - 20%, A-level - 10%.


Unit 4 - External exam (1 hr 40 min)

A-level - 20%.

Unit 5 - External exam (1 hr 40 min)

A-level - 20%.

Unit 6 - Internal practical assessment

A-level - 10%.














Financial information

Girls are required to wear their own laboratory overall for all practical sessions. These can be purchased through school uniform suppliers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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