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Chemistry AS/A Level at Idsall School

Course description

Chemistry is designed to be taught by a content led approach. The course is flexible with the specification divided up into topics, each covering different key concepts in Chemistry. The topics range from the Periodic Table & Energy to Organic Chemistry & Analysis. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and assessed both through written papers and, for A Level only, the Practical Endorsement.

Year 12
Development of Practical Skills
Foundations in Chemistry
Periodic Table & Energy
Core Organic Chemistry

Year 13
Physical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry & Analysis
Practical Endorsement

Course content

AS level (Year 12)

At AS you will take two, 1½ hour papers covering content from topics 1-4, each paper worth 50% of the marks. Both papers assess content from all 4 topics and have short answer (structured) and extended response questions, with Paper 1 also having multiple choice questions. These papers will be taken after the first year of study. The AS course is designed to be co-teachable with the first year of the A Level course and so students can carry straight on to A Level if they choose to.

A Level (Year 13)

You will take two 2¼ hour papers (each worth 37% of the marks) and a single 1½ hour paper (worth 26% of the marks) covering content from topics 1-6. The papers contain a mixture of synoptic assessment with multiple choice, short answer (structured) and extended response questions. In addition Papers 1 and 2 contain multiple choice questions. Students will have a teacher-assessed practical endorsement (reported separately to the A Level grade). These papers will be taken after the second year of study and only the grades for these exams will count towards the A Level qualification.

Entry requirements

To study Chemistry at AS and A Level you will need to have achieved the entry requirements for the Sixth Form. It is expected that these grades will include a B grade in GCSE Chemistry (Higher Level) or equivalent in the Additional Science course and a minimum of a grade 6 in Maths and a grade 5 in English Language.

Future opportunities

You can study Chemistry and know you are keeping your options open and you will find that Chemistry is highly regarded in many manufacturing and consumer based industries such as plastics, pharmaceuticals and food.

Further information

If you would like further information on any aspect of AS or A Level Chemistry, then please contact either Mrs Whitwood -, Mrs Kettle - or Mr Willoughby (Chemistry Department) -

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 November 2016

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