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Chemistry A level at The Holy Cross School

Course description

The course is divided into short topics which include –

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding and structure
  • Redox
  • Inorganic chemistry and the periodic table
  • Formulae, equations and amounts of substance
  • Organic chemistry
  • Modern analytical techniques
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Equilibrium
  • Acid-base equilibria
  • Transition metals
  • Practical endorsement

Course content

All students will study 10 topics in Year 12 and complete the required practical assignments. Students continuing with chemistry into Year 13 will study topics 11 to 17 and complete the required practical assignments.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Chemistry and one other science (GCSE Biology or GCSE Physics) or Grade 6:6 or above in GCSE Combined Science. Grade 5 or above in Mathematics and English language.


The course is assessed by linear examinations. Students are examined on all topics at the end of Year 13, two papers of 30% each on specified content and a synoptic paper of 40% total marks. A practical certificate is awarded to students who demonstrate the required level of competence over the two years of practical work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Holy Cross School directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017

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