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Chemistry A level at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description

Paper 1 - Physical & Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry:
  • Atomic structure
  • Energetics
  • Chemical equilibria
  • Thermodynamics
  • Equilibrium constant Kc for homogeneous systems
  • Acids and bases
Inorganic Chemistry
Paper 2 - Physical & Organic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry:
  • Amount of substance
  • Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle
  • Rate equations
Organic Chemistry
Paper 3 - Physical, Inorganic & Organic Chemistry
Practical work:
Students will undertake at least 12 practical activities across the A-Level course, as directed by the Examination Board. These will be internally assessed and provide the opportunity to learn and use practical skills to link theory with practice, so deepening knowledge and understanding. Teachers will ‘endorse’ the practical work, which if passed, will be reported on the A-Level Certificate. In addition, knowledge of practical skills will be assessed in the written papers.

Entry requirements

To follow a programme of A-Level subjects, students must have a minimum of 5.5 GCSE points from at least six GCSEs, which must include English and Mathematics (at grade 5). 
To study A-Level Science it is necessary to have a grade B in the appropriate GCSE separate Science or grade BB in any of the GCSE courses in Science; it is also necessary to have a grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.
GCSE equivalence grades at C or above, from courses such as BTECs, will not be sufficient to study Mathematics or Science at AS Level.
All students must have a good record of conduct and be comfortable with the values and the ethos of the academy. All students will be interviewed and references sought for external candidates.
Progress from Year 12 to Year 13 is not automatic and is dependent upon a successful first year and a pass grade in the progression exams taken at the end of Year 12.


3 written exams, each 2 hours.

Papers 1 and 2 each 35% of A level; paper 3 30% of A level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016

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