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Chemistry A level at Chatham Grammar School for Girls

Course description

This course is intended to stimulate an interest in Chemistry and to broaden knowledge and deepen understanding of the subject.  Covering laboratory skills and techniques, the application of Chemistry and contemporary scientific issues, the course is examined through written papers and regular practical assessments. Beyond Chemistry and chemical engineering, the subject is essential for medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy and most biomedical degrees as well as professional subjects that require logical thinking.

Course content

The A2 qualification consists of three externally examined papers and a Science Practical Endorsement. 

A2 Paper Titles:

1        Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (30%)

2        Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry (30%)

3        General and Practical Principles in Chemistry including synoptic questions (40%)


Topics Covered:

Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table, Bonding and Structure, Redox I, Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table, Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance, Organic Chemistry I, Modern Analytical Techniques I, Energetics I, Kinetics I, Equilibrium I, Equilibrium II, Acid-base Equilibrium, Energetics II, Redox II, Transition Metals, Kinetics II, Organic Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry III and Modern Analytical Techniques II 


Course Skills

Laboratory techniques, including manipulation of equipment and organising practical procedures.  Planning techniques and evaluation of experimental procedures.  Mathematical skills, teamworking, communication ability, research skills and some IT skills will also be developed.  

Entry requirements

All students must obtain five C grade passes at GCSE (a GNVQ qualification will also be considered).  It is expected that students should achieve a B in both Core Science and Additional Science or a B in ‘Separate Science’. N.B. Applied Science and Core Science, on its own, are not considered routes to A level Sciences. 


Units 1, 2 & 3 will all be assessed by written papers. All papers will include questions (a minimum of 20%) that target mathematics at Level 2 or above.    Paper 3 will contain questions which assess the conceptual and theoretical understanding of practical methods. 

Financial information

Chemistry students must own a lab coat. 

Future opportunities

Apart from the obvious i.e. Chemistry and chemical engineering, the subject is essential for pursuing medical, veterinary science, pharmacy and most biomedical degrees.  Chemistry is a subject which can be used for many degrees which do not have an equivalent school subject (Law, Accountancy as examples) but which do require logical thought.  An A level in Chemistry opens more doors than it closes. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September