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Chemistry AS/A2 at Nicholas Chamberlaine School

Course description

The course builds on the chemistry studied at GCSE (Double Awards or Chemistry GCSE) and provides students with an innovative approach to teaching and learning in which chemical principles are developed in the context of applications of chemistry. Chemical principles are developed, revisited and reinforced throughout the course. Examples of basic chemical principles are drawn from modern applications of chemistry, in everyday life and in the environment.

Course content

Unit at AS Papers 1 and 2 can assess any content from Modules 1 to 5 as well as practical skills. • Paper 1 covers breadth of understanding of concepts. • Paper 2 assesses the deeper understanding of concepts learned during the AS course. Unit at A2 Papers 1, 2 and 3 can assess content from Modules 1 to 10 as well as practical skills. • Paper 1 covers breadth of understanding of concepts assessed by mainly shorter structured questions. • Paper 2 covers deeper understanding of concepts assessed by a mixture of short structured questions, extended response items and more open problem-solving style questions. Carrying on the theme of the current Chemistry B (Salters), this paper includes an Advance Notice article aimed at testing skills of chemical literacy developed during the course. • Paper 3 focuses on the assessment of practical skills with a particular emphasis on investigational and problem-solving skills. Module titles include: Elements of Life, Developing Fuels, Elements from the Sea, The Ozone Story, What’s in a medicine, The Chemical Industry, Polymers and Life, Oceans, Developing metals, Colour by Design. How will the Course be taught? New AS/A Level choice requires students to choose either the AS route or the A Level route. What is the course about? Chemistry B (Salters) is designed to be taught in context. The course takes students on a journey through ten Storylines, while introducing chemical concepts in a spiral approach. These Storylines engage students through learning in a contemporary context and range from concerns about the ozone layer to the development of new medicines. Since coursework will no longer contribute towards the A Level, there is now an emphasis on providing students with opportunities to develop and practise their investigational and problem-solving skills. There are many opportunities for practical work signposted throughout the specification, encouraging the development of hands-on practical skills. These skills will be assessed in a specially designed written paper at the end of the A Level course. Development of practical skills (first section of the specification) underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should gradually develop through hands-on practical work throughout the course. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and (for A Level only) within the Practical Endorsement. How is the course organised? The course is split into ten Storyline: Modules 1 to 5 constitute the stand-alone AS Level qualification; Modules 1 to 10, combined with chemical literacy and the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A Level. Each module is based on one of the Storylines and contains a variety of Chemical Ideas, which form the basis of the specification.

Assessment

AS Chemistry Salters B Assessment Overview Paper Marks Duration Weighting Paper 1 Foundations of Chemistry 70 1hr 30 mins 50% Section A Multiple Choice 20 Section B Structured questions covering theory and practical skills 50 Paper 2 Chemistry in Depth 70 1hr 30 mins 50% Structured questions and extended response questions, covering theory and practical skills. 70 A Level Chemistry Salters B Assessment Overview Paper Marks Duration Weighting Paper 1 Fundamentals of Chemistry 110 2hr 15 mins 41% Section A Multiple Choice 30 Section B Structured questions covering theory and practical skills 80 Paper 2 Scientific literacy in Chemistry 100 1hr 30 mins 22% Structured questions and extended response questions, covering theory, practical skills and chemical literacy. 100 Paper 3 Practical skills in Chemistry 60 1hr 30 mins 22% Structured question and extended response questions with a focus on the assessment of practical skills. 60 Non-exam assessment Practical endorsement for Chemistry Pass/Fail Non-exam assessment Reported separately 12 Practical activities completed to demonstrate practical competence. Performance reported separately

Future opportunities

Medlink University visits for pupils interested in a future in Medicine. Birmingham University and Warwick university lectures. AS revision sessions begin in November of Year 12, A2 Revision begins in September of year 13 on a Monday night. These sessions are aimed at the continuous support of our A-Level pupils.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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