Chemistry A Level at Ripon Grammar School
Chemistry is a fascinating subject at the heart of life. All life processes, such as respiration and digestion, involve chemical reactions. Most substances that we depend on, such as plastics, alloys, detergents, clothing fibres, solvents, medicines, fertilisers, explosives, etc. have been developed by chemists. Many students find that Chemistry becomes far more interesting and fulfilling at AS/A level.
The chemical industry is a major part of the UK economy and is the only sector with a balance of payments surplus. With on-going advances in science and technology, many more highly skilled scientists are needed in this sector.
The main reasons for choosing Chemistry are an enjoyment of the subject and the ability to do well in it. Chemistry is the central science, and most pupils who study Physics or Biology also study Chemistry. However, many students take Chemistry as their only Science AS/A level. Studying Maths at AS/A level is helpful but by no means essential – many of our students do not do Maths and do very well indeed.
Practical work has much more significance at AS/A level than at GCSE. Many of the questions in the exams will be about practicals you will do. There is also a requirement to complete 12 core practicals to gain a practical endorsement to your A level. We have a very detailed practical course in which a large number of new techniques are taught. Practical work is carried out individually and much of the work is analytical in nature, so precision and attention to detail are vital.
At least a grade B is required in either GCSE Chemistry or in both GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science. At least a grade B in GCSE Mathematics should be offered as well. However, we strongly recommend that students have at least grade A in these subjects.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ripon Grammar School directly.