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Chemistry A Level at Parkstone Grammar School

Course description

Chemistry is a subject whose aim is to understand the behaviour of the physical universe at a scale so minute and detailed it often defeats the imagination of even the most gifted artists; yet its outcomes have furnished the world with all of its material technologies, from the engineering of pharmaceuticals to the construction of spacecraft.

Chemistry is also arguably the most ancient of human scientific activities after astronomy. It was chemistry that brought human beings fire, and out of the Stone Age into the Iron and Bronze ages.

Course content

A2 Content is split into six teaching modules:

Module 1 - Development of practical skills in chemistry

Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01) 100 marks - 2 hours 15 minutes Written paper (37% of total A Level)

Module 2 - Foundations in Chemistry -  as above

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

Synthesis and analytical techniques (02) 100 marks - 2 hours 15 minutes Written paper (37% of total A Level)

Module 4 - Core Organic Chemistry - as above

Module 5 - Physical Chemistry and transition elements

Unified chemistry (03) 70 marks - 1 hour 30 minutes Written paper (26% of total A level)

Module 6 - Organic Chemistry and Analyysis - as above



Homework and assessments:
Typically experimental write ups, questions from text/workbook
Learning tasks for short ‘spot tests’ in class
Practical Investigations (see marking criteria above)
Termly Assessments (based on past papers)
Examination based assignments

2 written papers examining the whole 2 year course, plus a practical skills endorsement

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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    • We are a heavily oversubscribed 11-18 selective girls’ school offering outstanding education to the girls of Poole and its surrounding area. Founded in 1905 Parkstone has continued to provide excellent academic results within a warm, friendly and vibrant community. We are a six form entry school with 1250 students including 370 in the sixth form.

      Girls at Parkstone are not only encouraged to succeed academically, but to enjoy the wide range of musical, theatrical, sporting, speaking and charitable opportunities.