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Chemistry A Level at Nailsea School

Course description

Year 1

Module 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2: Foundations in chemistry:

  • Atoms, ions and compounds, amount of substance, acids and redox, electrons and bonding & shapes of molecules

Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy:

  • Periodicity, reactivity trends, enthalpy, reaction rates and equilibrium.

Module 4: Core organic chemistry and analysis:

  • Basic concepts, alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, haloalkanes, organic synthesis and spectroscopy.

Year 2

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis

Module 7: Development of practical skills in chemistry

Course content

Logical thought, problem solving, precision and accuracy. Conceptual thought both required and developed.

Entry requirements

Students required a 6 in Triple Science (Chemistry) or in Additional Science at GCSE.

Students will also require a 6 in GCSE Mathematics.

Entry to the Sixth Form is not automatic, but depends on:

Achieving 5 grade 4s or above for entry to level 3 courses and meeting the individual entry requirements of your chosen Level 3 courses.


Coursework: None

Examination: 100%

Awarding Body: OCR Specification A

Future opportunities

Previous A Level Chemistry students have gone on to study a range of scientific and non-scientific courses at university. These include: medicine, dentistry, mathematics, biochemistry, engineering, architecture, languages, music, economics and veterinary sciences.

A Level Chemistry is a required A Level for most medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses.

Further information

Year 13 Student:

A Levels: Chemistry, Biology, Maths, History

Level 2 Courses studied: I was very proud when I collected my GCSE results, after months of hard work and dedication you feel the work was well worth it. I received, five A*'s in History, Biology, Physics, RE, Media Studies, five A's in Chemistry, Maths, English Language, English Literature, Media Studies Double Award and two B's in German and PE.

I changed my mind many times, not relating to my GCSE results, I simply couldn't decide. I found this flexibility and accommodation from the 6th form extremely helpful, the ability to sample as many subjects as I wish and then even in September the option to still swap.

Reasons for taking course: Chemistry is one of the hardest A-Levels, and for that it is highly respected by future employers and universities, taking you in many directions - for me medicine.

What I like about this course: Many reasons: I really enjoy Maths - a large contributing factor, also 'Green Chemistry' a module of AS Chemistry interests me. Chemistry is a balance of theory and practical suiting different styles of learning.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 November 2017

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