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Chemistry AS Level at Lady Hawkins' High School

Course description

AS Level Syllabus: Edexcel

Chemistry underpins our everyday existence. It is responsible for advances in the quality and comfort of our lives and is essential to our understanding of the natural world. Many of the challenges facing today’s society will be overcome with the help of chemical scientists. Their work will be central to the development of new sustainable energy resources and new medicines to treat and cure diseases. Chemists are continually making new materials with exciting new applications.

Chemistry is an exciting, challenging subject with the potential for significant personal and financial rewards. No matter how the world changes chemistry will be at the heart of life and at the centre of the sciences. Chemistry is essential for our future, is it the right choice for you?

What key skills will I learn on this course?

The course helps students develop a number of skills, including:

  • Problem solving and creative thinking
  • Data handling and numeracy
  • Analysis
  • Team working
  • Observation
  • Practical skills
  • Communication skills

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

This course will appeal to students who:

  • Have an interest and enjoy chemistry
  • Want to find out how things work in the real world.
  • Enjoy applying your mind to solving problems.
  • Want to study a science at a higher level.
  • Taking physics, biology or maths.

What opportunities may I have beyond the classroom?

  • Students are encouraged to take relevant work experience.
  • Students can sign up with the Royal Society of Chemistry, giving access to courses and University visits.

Course content

The following topics will be covered:

  • Atomic structure
  • Bonding
  • Redox
  • Inorganic
  • Amount of substance
  • Organic
  • Analytical techniques
  • Kinetics
  • Equilibrium
  • Acid-base equilibria
  • Transition metals

Topics are covered at a basic level at AS and are studied in more depth for A Level.

Practical work is an essential part of AS and A Level Chemistry which is assessed separately from written papers.

Entry requirements

Those students who wish to study a Level 3 course will need a good GCSE Grade (B or above). Level 2 courses can be offered to those who have not met this.


Two external written examinations at the end of the AS Level course:

  • Core Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (90 mins) 50% of AS
  • Core Organic and Physical Chemistry (90 mins) 50% of AS

Financial information

Financial Assistance

Herefordshire Council expects sixth form students to pay £270 per term for transport to sixth form. There is a 16-19 Bursary Fund which may give some students financial support. Please contact the school for further information.

For eligible students, the Bursary Fund can provide financial assistance to young people whose access to, or completion of education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. The fund can help towards the cost of essential course-related costs such as travel to sixth form, equipment, books and educational visits including to university open days or interviews.


EMA is for 16 to 18 year olds living in Wales, who want to continue their education after school leaving age. If you’re eligible, you could get £30 a week, paid every two weeks.

You don’t need to study in Wales to get EMA. As long as you live in Wales and you meet the criteria then you can apply for EMA.

You must adhere to the learning contract in order to receive the payments. Failure to attend lessons and/or registrations will result in no payment for the corresponding week.

For further information, contact Lady Hawkins’ School or Student Finance Wales.

Future opportunities

Knowledge and skills gained in problem solving and practical work will be useful in many areas, not just in Science based disciplines. Career opportunities include:

  • Agriculture
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Dentistry
  • Geology
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Science

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lady Hawkins' High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2017

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