Chemistry A2 at Charles Darwin School
Chemistry is the knowledge and understanding of the properties of materials and how they interact with each other. It would be difficult to find an aspect of society that is not touched by the science of chemistry. This course continues the key ideas from the AS course and builds on them to lead to a deeper, more advanced understanding. The course is divided into topics each covering one of the key ideas. It is different to the AS course in that students learn to link the key ideas together and start to think like scientists. Students will gain an understanding of the concepts and lean to apply them to real situations. This knowledge and understanding is assessed by two formal examinations in January and June. the June examination is synoptic where questions will relate to different topics and test a student's ability across the whole AS/A2 course. Chemistry is a practical subject and the course involves carrying out experiments on a regular basis. This aspect is also examined formally by an internal assessment that contributes to the student's final grade. There is an emphasis throughout on the scientific process: how scientists work; how society uses science and its impact; how science moves forward. The course is designed to prepare students to go on to university and take a degree in a science subject. It is also a good supporting A level for other subjects such as medicine.
Graded as AS level
AS chemistry is a starting point towards a career in the science industry. However, chemistry is a gateway subject to other career paths. A degree in chemistry can lead to working in the finance sector; it is a requirement for the medical or veterinary schools; the civil service needs chemists for environmental work and much more.The course was designed in consultation with the Royal Society of Chemistry and the chemical industry. Modern developments in chemistry and their impact on resources and society are included in the course.
The course will suit people with an enthusiasm for science, with an interest in the careers listed, problem solvers, creativity to apply abstract ideas to real situations; good practical skills; ability tow work independently or at least the will to learn to do so. Sciences do involve mathematics but don't let it put you off if it is not your area of strength.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Charles Darwin School directly.