Chemistry A Level at Nailsea School
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.
Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements
Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis
Module 7: Development of practical skills in chemistry
Logical thought, problem solving, precision and accuracy. Conceptual thought both required and developed.
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.
Awarding Body: OCR Specification A
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.
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.