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Chemistry A Level at St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron College

Course description

Ever wondered who was behind developing the latest shampoo or painkiller? Ever thought about the people who discovered treatments for cancer or AIDS? Well, chemists are behind these discoveries and developments and those that will shape our lives in the future. Chemistry is all around us; in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the ‘stuff’ that makes our lives easier.

Course content

At both AS and A Level you will cover aspects of physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry as well as practical investigations.

Entry requirements

Students who wish to study Chemistry must have acquired a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at A* - C, including English Language at a C or above and Maths at B or above along with at least a Grade B in Core and Additional Science (or Chemistry) GCSE

Assessment

Year 12 AS Level

You will complete two papers covering physical, inorganic chemistry and practical skills assessment.

Paper 1 What is assessed:
- Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 and 3.1.7.)
- Inorganic chemistry (sections 3.2.1 to 3.2.3.)
- Relevant practical skills How it is assessed:
- 1 hour 30 minutes written exam.

Paper 2 What is assessed:
- Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6.)
- Organic chemistry (sections 3.3.1 to 3.3.6.)
- Relevant practical skills How it is assessed:
- 1 hour 30 minutes written exam.

The AS level is a stand-alone qualification – it does not contribute marks to the A level. It is designed as a one year course – students would be expected to sit the exams at the end of Year 12.

Year 13 A Level
You will complete three papers covering physical, organic, inorganic chemistry and practical skills assessment.

Paper 1 What is assessed:
- Relevant physical chemistry topics ( sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 to 3.1.8 and 3.1.10 to 3.1.12)
- Inorganic chemistry 9 section 3.2)
- Relevant practical skills How it is assessed:
- 2 hour written exam

Paper 2 What is assessed:
- Relevant physical chemistry topics ( sections 3.1.2. to 3.1.6 and 3.1.9)
- Organic chemistry ( section 3.3)
- Relevant practical skills How is it assessed:
- 2 hour written exam

Paper 3 What is assessed:
- Any content
- Any practical skills How it is assessed:
- 2 hour written exam

The A level is designed as a two year course – students would be expected to sit all of the exams at the end of Year 13

Future opportunities

Chemists work in almost every industry and environment you could think of, from the food industry to drug research, working in the bleak landscapes of Antarctica to state-of the art laboratories in renowned universities. Even if you do not want to become a career chemist, an AS or A Level Chemistry qualification gives you a set of skills that could help you to become a Vet, Doctor, Pharmacist, Engineer, Geneticist, Geologist or even a Space Scientist.

Further information

Chemistry is taught using a mixture of practical, group work, problem solving and whole class teaching, tailored to specific needs. You will be expected to read around the subject independently and complete regular homework. One to one sessions are offered to students requiring extra help.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron College directly.

Last updated date: 02 March 2017

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