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Chemistry A Level at Wanstead High School

Course description

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.

Course content

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
-Qualitative analysis
-Enthalpy changes
-Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
-Basic concepts
-Alcohols and haloalkanes
-Organic synthesis
-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
- Polymers
- 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

Entry requirements

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.

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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