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Chemistry A-Level at St Leonards Catholic School

Course description

Where would we be without Chemistry? Chemists have learned how to take naturally occurring materials and transform them into materials that improve all of our lives. Chemists around the world are developing about half a million new materials each year. Chemistry is diverse – covering areas from to cosmetics and perfumes to explosives. Chemistry is awesome!

Course content

AS COURSE
  • Module 1: Development of practical skills
  • Module 2: Foundations in chemistry
  • Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy
  • Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry
A LEVEL COURSE (stand-alone, AS exams taken will not count towards the A level)
  • Module 1: Development of Practical Skills
  • Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry
  • Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy
  • Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry
  • Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
  • Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

 

Entry requirements

  • each applicant must achieve at least eight GCSE or equivalent Level 2 Qualification passes at grade A*-G
  • each applicant must achieve at least five GCSE passes1 at grade A*-C
  • each applicant must achieve at least four GCSE B grades including at least a grade B2 in each subject to be taken at AS Level (see course entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy).
  • any applicant wishing to study a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) at AS Level must achieve at least a grade B in GCSE Additional Science if taking double science rather than separate sciences. If taking separate sciences then the applicant must achieve at least a grade B in the science subject to be taken at AS Level.
  • any applicant wishing to study a subject at AS that they are not currently studying at GCSE must consult the list of entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy.
  • any applicant currently studying a subject at GCSE that they wish to continue to study at AS must achieve at least a grade B in that subject at GCSE.
  • each applicant must study a minimum of four AS Level courses to completion in Year 12 and a minimum of three A2 Level courses to completion in Year 13.
  • each applicant must study the General Religious Education Course to completion

Assessment

  • AS Paper 1 – Breadth in Chemistry (70 marks) – 1 hr 30 min, 50% of total AS mark
  • AS Paper 2 – Depth in Chemistry (70 marks) – 1 hr 30 min, 50% of total AS mark
How are practical skills assessed?
 
Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they’re assessed through written papers.
  • A level Paper 1 – Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry (100 marks) – 2 hrs 15 min, 37% of total A level mark
  • A level Paper 2 – Synthesis and Analytical Techniques (100 marks) – 2 hrs 15 min, 37% of total A level mark
  • A level Paper 3 – Unified Chemistry (70 marks) – 1 hr 30 min, 26% of total A level mark
  • Practical Endorsement - Pass/Fail, reported separately
Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they’re assessed both through written papers and, for A level only, the Practical Endorsement.

Future opportunities

A level Chemistry is generally regarded as essential for many higher education courses -chemistry, medicine, dentistry, chemical engineering, pharmacy, biochemistry, physiotherapy, forensic science, veterinary science and is useful for those aiming to follow courses in one of the other sciences or related subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Leonards Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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