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Chemistry A Level (Block B or Block C) at Walton High School

Course description

In contrast to the traditional topic based approach, Salter’s Chemistry is context led.  Chemical concepts are introduced within a relevant context, the course being written as a series of units based on contemporary issues in Chemistry.  Students study the Chemistry in a spiral way so that the ideas, introduced in an earlier topic, are reinforced later. 

This drip feed approach to teaching and learning chemical principles allows candidates to revisit a particular topic several times during the course, each time taking their knowledge and understanding further.

Course content

AS Level

  • Foundations of Chemistry
  • Chemistry in Depth

A Level

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Scientific Literacy in Chemistry
  • Practical Skills in Chemistry

Entry requirements

This Chemistry course builds on concepts and skills that will have been developed in the GCSE Science, Additional Science and Further Addition Science courses.

Students wishing to apply for this Chemistry course need to have achieved a minimum of two grade Bs from any of the 3 possible GCSE science courses. In addition the commitment, attitude and effort that the student brings to the course will have a major impact on their success.

Assessment

AS Level

Paper 1:

Foundations of Chemistry

1 hour 30 mins: 50%: 70 marks

  • Section A: consists of multi-choice questions. (20marks)
  • Section B: consists of structured questions covering theory and practical skills. (50 marks)

Paper 2:

Chemistry in Depth

1 hour 30 mins: 50%: 70 marks

  • Structured questions and extended response questions, covering theory and practical.

A Level

Paper 1:

Fundamentals of Chemistry

2 hours 15 mins: 41%: 110 marks

  • Section A: consists of multi-choice questions. (30marks)
  • Section B: consists of structured questions covering theory and practical skills. (80 marks)

Paper 2:

Scientific Literacy in Chemistry

2 hours 15 mins: 37%: 100 marks

Structured questions and extended response questions, covering theory, practical skills and chemical literacy.

Paper 3:

Practical Skills in Chemistry

1 hour 30 mins: 15%: 60 marks

  • Structured questions and extended response questions with a focus on the assessment of practical skills.

Non Exam Assessment

  • Reported separately: Candidates complete a minimum of 12 practical activities to demonstrate practical competence. Performance reported separately to the A Level grade.

 

Further information

Please select one subject per option block (A, B, C, D and E - listed in Course Title) to ensure there is no clash on your timetable.

By and large most students will follow 3 academic A Levels plus will have the opportunity to add to this with the Extended Project and our Enrichment Programme.

A few students may be able to follow a 4th A Level with advice from our Sixth Form Management team.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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