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Chemistry A Level at Writhlington School

Course description

You will study a variety of topics which deal with the substances that make up our universe. Learn about the way that elements can be combined in a seemingly limitless number of ways to give countless millions of different materials. Study how atoms link together to form larger structures such as molecules and the mechanisms by which molecules can be reshaped and adapted. This subject occupies a central position between physics, mathematics and engineering on the one hand, and biology, earth science and medicine on the other.

Course content

Year 12 - Module 1: Practical skills are developed through a range of guided practical activities.

Module 2: Develop your understanding of atomic structure, types of bonding and quantitative chemistry.

Module 3: Further study of Group 7 halogens, comparing their reactions with those of Group 2.

Module 4: Study the varied chemistry of carbon and discover ideas of modern analytical techniques.

Year 13 - Module 5: Deal with the practical realities of the chemical industry in a quantitative way. It provides in-depth study of transition metals and their role.

Module 6: More reactions that can be done by carbon, develop problem solving skills and study advanced analysis in settings such as drug testing in sport.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE Grade 6 to 9 including English and Maths. Students require a GCSE Grade 6 in Chemistry or Additional Science together with Grade 6 in Maths and English.


At the end of Year 12 you will sit end of year exams, these will not count towards your final results. There are three final written examinations at A level, two of which are 2 hours 15 minutes long and the third is 1 hour 30 minutes long. Practical skills will be tested in the exams and you will be awarded a pass on your certificate if you successfully complete the practicals and laboratory books.

Future opportunities

Pharmacy, food science, chemical engineering, metallurgy, environmental protection, medicine and other healthcare courses, forensic science, agriculture, business, industrial management and education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2017

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