Chemistry A Level at Wanstead High School
There is no coursework for A level Chemistry. There are practical skills that are assessed throughout the units called Practical Assessment Groups (PAGs). These will test and help pupils practise a set of common skills which will assessed as a part of the examination papers at the end of the year. Pupils are assessed on one task from each of the following categories: qualitative, quantitative and evaluative tasks.
Year 12 Chemistry:
Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry (internally assessed as PAG’s) --- Practical skills assessed in a written examination
Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
-Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
-Amount of substance
-Acid–base and redox reactions
-Electrons, bonding and structure
Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
-The periodic table and periodicity
-Group 2 and the halogens
-Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)
Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
-Alcohols and haloalkanes
-Analytical techniques (IR and MS)
Year 13 Chemistry:
Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
- Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)
- pH and buffers
- Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
- Redox and electrode potentials
- Transition elements
Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis
- Aromatic compounds
- Carbonyl compounds
- Carboxylic acids and esters
- Nitrogen compounds
- Organic synthesis
- Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)
A range of analytic and mathematical skills are developed in all units throughout the A level course.
There are internal practical assessments to test practical skills (PAG’s) throughout
Grade B (6-9) Maths and two science grades at BB is the minimum expected.
If you have taken separate science GCSEs, we will require a B grade in chemistry and a B grade in one other science subject.
If you plan to take two science subjects you will need grade AB at GCSE.
Successful completion of A Level chemistry offers students several routes for progression. It can be the starting point for many careers including medicine, ICT, business and education. It is required for those students wishing to study medicine.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wanstead High School directly.