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Chemistry A Level at Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Course description

At the time of writing there is only a draft specification available and so the details printed below are provisional.

The course covers the three key areas of chemistry – physical, organic and inorganic. It will be taught in a linear manner with AS content being taught first.

Whilst the content appears to be very similar to previous years, with some modernization, there will be significant changes in the assessment of practical work as it will be assessed and graded through written examinations only. This can only be successful if a student has the opportunities to use apparatus and develop the techniques as specified in the specification during lessons and so practical work will remain at the heart of what we do. At the end of each year students will receive a separate endorsement of their practical skills, taken alongside their A-level exams.

The AQA specification continues to follow on well from the Edexcel Chemistry Certificate studied during KS4, and will develop a candidate’s knowledge and understanding to provide a pathway to further study.


The format for examinations is:

Paper 1 – 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A-level
- Relevant physical chemistry
- Inorganic chemistry
- Relevant practical skills

Paper 2 – 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A-level
- Relevant physical chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- Relevant practical skills

Paper 3 – 2 hours, 90 marks, 30% of A-level
- Any content
- Any practical skills

Future opportunities

The role of chemistry in school and beyond

Chemistry occupies a central position among the basic sciences; on the one hand it is linked with Mathematics and Physics through Physical Chemistry and on the other with Biology through Biochemistry. It plays an important part in the development of such sciences as Geology and Physiology.

It underlies many branches of technology such as metallurgy, fuel, textiles and Chemical Engineering to name but a few. Chemistry also enters into every manufacturing industry as well as medicine and agriculture. Knowledge of chemistry is also helpful in the Building Industry when considering materials and their structures. The chemical industry, together with its associated industries, is a major source of employment and in this area probably the greatest.

As a department we have a commitment to introduce practical work whenever possible, as well as including extra-curricular activities such as Royal Society of Chemistry competitions and visits.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2015

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