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Chemistry A Level at Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy

Course description

This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:
o Gain hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills
o Appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory
o Develop an enthusiasm for Chemistry
o Demonstrate a synoptic understanding
o Study Chemistry in a contemporary context.
o Prepare for Higher Education courses such as Chemistry, Medicine, Biochemistry or Veterinary
Science.
AS outline
At AS Level candidates are given a solid grounding in foundation Chemistry. The specification introduces the
chemical reactivity of atoms and molecules and provides an understanding of their structures. The
development and use of periodic table is explained. The introduction of Practical Skills Assignments (PSA) into
the specification allows teachers to credit candidates for work done in routine class practicals. Assessment
becomes linked to the work of the course, and moves away from formulaic testing:
o Unit 1: Foundation Chemistry
o Unit 2: Chemistry in Action
o Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills - Internal Assessment.

A2 outline
At A2 Level the specification develops the concepts of physical chemistry introduced at AS. Candidates study
kinetics, equilibria, organic chemistry and spectroscopic techniques to determine the molecular formulae and
structures of organic compounds. Candidates continue to be assessed through PSA, gaining credit for work
done in routine class practicals:
o Unit 4: Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry
o Unit 5: Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry
o Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills - Internal Assessment.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for this Level 3 Programme are 2 or more GCSE Sciences at Grade B to include Additional Science or Chemistry. A Grade B in GCSE Mathematics is also required to undertake this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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