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Chemistry A Level at Excelsior Academy

Course description

Students who enjoyed studying Chemistry as part of their GCSE Science choose to take it forward to A Level. They enjoy finding out about the world in terms of the chemical reactions and they enjoy the practical aspects of the course. There are many career choices that Chemistry is often a requirement for the course such as Medicine and Dentistry.

Course content

AS: Paper 1 Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Practical skills.

AS: Paper 2 Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Practical skills. Physical Chemistry: atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics and kinetics are examples of the topics covered.

Organic Chemistry: alkenes, alkanes, alcohols and organic analysis are examples of the topics covered.

Inorganic Chemistry: Groups 2, 3 and 7 of the periodic table are examples of the topics covered.

A Level: Paper 1 Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Practical skills.
A Level: Paper 2: Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Practical skills.

Physical Chemistry: thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constants, acids and bases are examples of the topics that are covered.

Organic Chemistry: synthesis of organic compounds, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids, amines, polymers and amino acids are examples of the topics covered.

Inorganic Chemistry: Period 3 and transition metals of the periodic table are examples of the topics covered.

A Level: Paper 3: (Overview of course).

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Additional Science (higher tier). Grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics.

Assessment

AS Papers 1 and 2:
- 90 minutes (1 ½ hours) each. 50% of AS per paper. 80 marks:
- 65 marks short/long answer questions.
- 15 marks multiple choice questions.

A Level Papers 1 and 2: 120 minutes (2 hours) each. 35% of A Level per paper. 105 marks: All marks from short/long answer questions.

A Level Paper 3: 120 minutes (2 hours). 30% of A Level. 90 marks:

- 30 marks practical skills/ data analysis.
- 30 marks testing across the syllabus.
- 30 marks multiple choice questions.

Future opportunities

Often students who study Chemistry go on to study Chemistry based courses at a higher level. This could include courses such as: Biochemistry, Veterinary Sciences and Medical Sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Excelsior Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

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