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Chemistry A level at Wollaston School

Course description

This AQA course combines theory and relevant practical work, which are developed at different levels throughout the course. You will need to be able to communicate effectively, research solutions to problems and think critically about chemical problems. The course is suitable for you if you are inter- ested in and enjoy Chemistry; enjoy carrying out investigations by using imaginative, logical and criti- cal thinking; want to use Chemistry to support other qualifications or go on to further studies.

Course content

  • Physical Chemistry (atomic structure, stoichiometry, bonding, energetics, kinetics, equilibria, elec- trochemistry and acids and bases.
  • Inorganic chemistry (periodicity, group 2&7, properties of period 3, transition metals, reactions of solutions)
  • Organic Chemistry (alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, carbonyls, carboxylic acids, aro- matics, polymers, isomerism, organic synthesis and analysis)


At Wollaston we follow the AQA specification. In both AS and A - Level Chemistry students are asked to display their understanding in three different ways. The first looks at students’ knowledge and under- standing of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures. The second looks at students’ abil- ity to apply this knowledge and the third looks at students’ ability to analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence.

Assessment in AS Chemistry will consist of two equally weighted exams that students will sit at the end of the course. The AS grade will depend on the performance in these exams only. Assessment in A - Level Chemistry will consist of three exams taken at the end of the course. Exam 1&2 are equally weighted and Exam 3 is weighted about 15% lower. The A - Level grade will depend on the performance in these exams only.

Future opportunities

Careers include, but are not limited to; chemical engineering, chemistry research, medicine, pharma- cy, sports science, environmental science, beauty therapy, engineering, agriculture, animal manage- ment, countryside management, equine management, horticulture and biotechnology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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