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Chemistry AS/A Level at Beverley High School

Course description

Students hoping to study 'AS' or 'A2' level Chemistry must have a genuine interest in the subject and be willing to work hard.  They should have demonstrated a good level of attainment and commitment to science. 

Our objective is to ensure that learning is enjoyable, and enhances students’ enthusiasm for Chemistry.  The new specification, which has been adopted since September 2015, has been tailored to follow on from Additional Science at GCSE, and will develop students’ knowledge and understanding to provide a pathway to further study.

Course content

The 'AS' course in Chemistry is designed to provide an appropriate assessment of knowledge, understanding and skills expected of students who have completed the first half of a full 'A' level qualification.

Two units of Chemistry will be studied and examined in Year 12, covering concepts on atomic structure, the mole, periodicity, kinetics, equilibria and organic chemistry.  These 2 units will also contain practical elements which are assessed in the 2 written exam papers and 6 class practical sessions

Students will only be able to enter the 'A2' level course if they have successfully completed the 'AS' course in Year 12.

A further two units are studied and examined in Year 13, building and expanding on the fundamental concepts studied in Year 12.

The modules will include such topics as kinetics, equilibria, energetics, redox reactions and further inorganic and organic chemistry.  These 2 units will also contain practical elements which are assessed in the 2 written exam papers and 6 class practical sessions.


Entry requirements

We recommend students to have at least a grade B or above at GCSE level. The syllabus assumes that students have achieved at least a grade B in GCSE Mathematics as 20% of the exam questions require very sound mathematical skills.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 August 2016

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    • Beverley High School is a Group 6, five-form entry girls' comprehensive within the East Riding of Yorkshire. 816 girls are currently on roll including 120 girls in the Sixth Form. The School, founded in 1908, has developed since 1973 from a grammar school into a fully comprehensive 11-18 establishment. The school celebrated its 100th anniversary in September 2008.

      Beverley High School is long established with an excellent record and considerable achievements in academic work, music, drama, art and sport. We are particularly concerned to develop each girl's good qualities to the full. The school has a long tradition of successful education and enjoys a high reputation within the community, both at local and county level. The school features in the “Good Schools’ Guide”.

      Subject departments are housed in purpose-built rooms set amidst fine grounds. We have a dedicated Library and Sixth Form Block. A Sports Hall was opened in September 2006 and an Art/Technology Centre opened in September 2008.