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Chemistry A Level AQA at The Canterbury Academy

Course description

Chemistry may seem a very complicated subject, but the ideas and complexities are actually built on a set of fundamental underlying patterns. Once you have developed a careful understanding of these it becomes accessible and enjoyable to study. Our aim is always to help learners to understand these key principles. They can then enjoy the logic that underpins the subject, and use it to explore and make sense for themselves the many factual details and experimental observations.

 

Benefits

Careers in any form of medicine, including doctor or veterinarian, require chemistry A Level. Having an A level in chemistry is a very desirable trait and is a highly respected qualification to have in academic circles.

Course content

The A Level course is comprised of three units which are further divided into subunits. Additionally, there are 12 mandatory practical investigations forming the complete A Level.

 

Sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.7 of the physical chemistry content, sections 3.2.1 to 3.2.3 of the inorganic chemistry content and sections 3.3.1 to 3.3.6 of the organic chemistry content are designed to be covered in the first year of the A Level.

Entry requirements

We would recommend a grade 6 at GCSE in science or chemistry and a grade 6 GCSE in mathematics.

Assessment

Examinations:

 

  • Paper 1: Two hours 35% A (105 marks; short and long answer questions)
  • Paper 2: Two hours 35% A (105 marks; short and long answer questions)
  • Paper 3: Two hours 30% A (90 marks; 40 marks on practical and data analysis,

20 marks testing across the specification, 30 marks multiple choice questions)

 

Twelve compulsory investigations.

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Future opportunities

The study of chemistry provides an entry into many career routes, not just in chemistry itself.

 

In addition to chemistry and chemical engineering, medicine, veterinary science, biological sciences, environmental sciences, geological sciences and forensic science all use chemistry.

 

Materials science is an important component of most engineering courses. At university level, applied chemistry courses such as polymer science and textiles are becoming increasingly popular.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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