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Chemistry AS & A Level at Bishop Douglass School

Course description

This is a course that is examined at the end of two years although students will be given the opportunity to sit the stand-alone AS qualification at the end of their first year.

There are fifteen units, covering a broad range of subjects that will all be examined. The teaching programme is composed of lessons on the principle and scientific models upon which chemistry is based. This theory is punctuated with practical work, demonstrations and videos which bring these ideas to life and develop practical skills.

The course aims to stimulate students’ interest in chemistry, to develop a knowledge and understanding of chemistry, to promote the acquisition of laboratory skills, and an appreciation of the place of chemical processes in our industrial age.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5x GCSE A*-C with at least a Grade B (double award) in Science.

It is strongly recommended that you achieve a Grade B before opting to take this course


  • Paper 1: Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
    30% of A-level 
    Written Paper
    1hr 45 min
  • Paper 2: Organic and Analytical Chemistry
    30% of A-level 
    Written Paper
    1hr 45 min
  • Paper 3: Synoptic Paper and Practical Techniques
    30% of A-level 
    Written Paper
    2hr 30 min

Please note: 
Quality of written communication will be assessed in these examinations. 

Practical Work 
Students’ laboratory skills will be tested in core practicals throughout the two years and examined in paper three. 

The whole laboratory skills assessment will cover the areas of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is considered to be a pivotal A Level for a large number of Further and Higher Education courses, including the Life Sciences, such as Biochemistry and Medicine, as well as for Chemical Engineering.

An A-Level in Chemistry can also help to establish a career in one of Britain’s most successful, highest earning industries, the chemical industry.

Many students who have studied Chemistry have gone on to such degree courses as: accountancy, law and teaching. It is essential to study this subject if you wish to follow higher education courses in medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy and a wide range of chemistry/biochemistry courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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