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Chemistry A Level at Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

The first part of the course explores the fundamental principles that form the basis of Chemistry.  This includes looking at the atomic structure and bonding within compounds in closer detail, solving problems of solutions and gases and researching trends in the Periodic Table.  The course also looks at industrial aspects of Chemistry and its application to modern technologies.  Analytical techniques are also covered which explores how the structures of compounds are determined.

Course content

Following on from this, the later modules builds on the principles and applications covered in Year 12.  This part of the course focuses on organic synthesis and the more sophisticated techniques used to determine the structure of compounds.  The chemistry of transition metals, trends across the Periodic Table and applications of mathematical formulae are also covered in this part of the course.

The AS qualification will no longer count towards the final grade of an A Level but will be a separate qualification in its own right. 

Entry requirements

All Level 3 students must have 5 separate GCSE passes (A*-C), including English Language and Maths.  

Grade B in Maths; B in Additional Science or Chemistry (Triple)


The assessment of practical work in Chemistry will not contribute to the final A Level but will be reported separately in a certificate of endorsement. The exam board will set out requirements for practical skills. Each student will need to carry out a minimum of 12 practical activities. The written exams will include questions in the context of these, and other, practical activities. To get good marks, students will need to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the experiments that they have gained through doing them.

Future opportunities

The course combines well with a variety of other subjects such as Biology, Maths and Geography.  It can lead to a wide variety of further courses and occupations including: Medicine; Dentistry; Nursing; Forensic Science; Environmental Science; Oceanography; Research, Teaching….and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 July 2015
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