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Chemistry AS/A2 Level at Christleton High School

Course description

 

The syllabus’ aim is to inspire students, nurture their passion for chemistry and lay the groundwork for further study. Practical work is at the heart of the specification. Chemistry students develop many transferable skills such as logical thinking, problem solving, team working and excellent practical skills through plenty of hands-on experiences ranging from discussions, practical and problem solving activities.

Course content

 

AS and first year of A-level (co-taught): Physical chemistry, Inorganic chemistry and Organic chemistry with their corresponding practical skills (6 compulsory practicals).

 A2 Year:

Second year of A-level: Physical chemistry, Inorganic chemistry and Organic chemistry with their corresponding practical skills (further 6 compulsory practicals).

Entry requirements

 

Students who have successfully completed GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science course in Key Stage 4 at the Higher level or GCSE Chemistry as a separate subject will have received sufficient grounding in Chemistry to enable them to study AS/A level Chemistry. GCSE Science alone, Applied Science or BTEC courses do NOT provide adequate preparation. Students require:

At least a grade B in GCSE Additional Science or in GCSE Chemistry.

At least a grade B in GCSE Mathematics. The mathematical demand of the new course is 20%.

• A minimum grade C in English Language.

• It is advantageous but not essential for students to study AS/A Mathematics. Students not taking Mathematics will be required to take the new level 3 Mathematical Skills (Core Maths).

Assessment

 

AS Assessment: Two 90 min Papers with 80 marks from multiple-choice, short and long answer questions.

Paper 1 : Physical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry with their corresponding practical skills.

Paper 2 : Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry with their corresponding practical skills.

 

A level Assessment: Three 2 hour papers.

Paper 1 : Physical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry with their corresponding practical skills.

Paper 2 : Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry with their corresponding practical skills.

Both with 105 marks from multiple-choice, short and long answer questions.

Paper 3 : Any content and Practical skills from either year with 40 marks on practical techniques and data analysis, 20 marks of questions testing across the spec and 30 marks of multiple choice questions.

 

 

Future opportunities

 

A Level Chemistry Chemistry is essential in order to study Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science at University. It is desirable if you wish to study Medical, Biological, Agricultural, Food or Geological Sciences and for some Engineering courses.

Major employers of Chemists include: pharmaceutical companies, agrochemical companies, oil companies, makers of detergents, paints, dyes, cosmetics, textiles, perfumes and fragrances.

Opportunities are also available to work in: Government, journalism, the health services, museums, accountancy and a solicitor.

Financially, Chemistry (and Physics) graduates will earn on average over 30% more during their working lifetimes than ‘A’ level holders. A higher education in the Chemistry will lead to great career opportunities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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