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Chemistry at Richard Hale School

Course description

Exam Body: AQA

What students can expect of the course

This course encourages students to develop essential knowledge and understanding in the concepts of Chemistry, and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations.

Studying Chemistry develops an appreciation of the contributions of Chemistry to society, and the responsible use of scientific knowledge and evidence. In addition, this course brings together knowledge of the ways in which different areas of Chemistry relate to each other.

Chemistry is about everyday life. It impacts upon every single activity and substance we know about from the moment we are born. It therefore is an excellent grounding for taking subjects in and out of the scientific arena beyond AS and A2.

Course content

AS UNIT 1 33?%

(16?%)

AS UNIT 2 46?%

(23?%)

AS UNIT 3 20% (10%)

Foundation: The bridge from GCSE Chemistry into AS level, this module provides candidates with a knowledge and understanding of chemical ideas that underpin any further study of Chemistry.

Chemistry In Action. This introduces Physical Chemistry and includes work on Rates of Reaction, Enthalpy Changes and Dynamic Equilibria. Organic Chemistry is also developed from GCSE

Practical Skills. Students carry out a practical exam (ISA) involving the assessment of practical skills and examination of related theory. Students may sit an externally marked practical assignment.

A2 UNIT 4 20%

A2 UNIT 5 20 %

A2 UNIT 6 10%

Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry. Further develops ideas of aqueous equilibria and acids and bases Also provides candidates with a deeper knowledge and understanding of how Organic Chemistry shapes the natural world and how organic chemicals have provided humankind with many important materials.

Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry: provides an introduction to enthalpy and entropy and develops ideas of redox equilibria and transition metal chemistry.

Practical Skills. Students carry out a practical exam (ISA) involving the assessment of practical skills and examination of related theory. Students may sit an externally marked practical assignment.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in Chemistry or Double Science

Assessment

Please see above for details.

Future opportunities

A course that is essential, or highly recommended, for some university courses such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science and is helpful for courses such as Biochemistry and Forensic Science

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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