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Chemistry at Hagley Catholic High School

Course description

The course takes familiar concepts introduced in GCSE such as: The Periodic table; Alkanes; Atomic structure; rates of reaction; and the Mole, and examines them in much greater detail. We place a greater emphasis on understanding the fundamental principles and encourage you to ask and explore why chemistry happens. Following on from GCSE ‘How science works’ you will consider technological applications of chemistry and debate its social, economic and environmental applications. The second year course extends year 12 topics and links together existing and new concepts to provide an overview of the whole course. 

Course content

Awarding body: AQA, Specification: A AS/A2 unit when taken content AS% % of A-level marks.

Entry requirements

Minimum grade C at Double Award Higher Tier or Triple Chemistry Higher Tier, however past experience suggests students with less than a B grade will really struggle and would be better suited to Applied Science. Students also need a fairly high mathematical ability to cope with this course; a C grade minimum is needed.


We use a variety of engaging teaching methods including ICT led activities, research tasks, problem solving activities, discussions and practicals. Practical skills are now an assessed part of the course and we give students numerous opportunities to practice these. There are opportunities for group work, however students must be self-motivated and prepared to work individually especially out of lesson time. 

Future opportunities

There are countless opportunities to continue studying Chemistry at University either as a general Chemistry course, such as pure Chemistry or specialising in an area of interest such as Industrial based Applied Chemistry
or Chemical Engineering; or combined with such diverse subjects as Modern Foreign Languages, Law or Business Management. 

A-level Chemistry opens many doors to higher earning science based careers and remains essential to anyone considering further studies in Medicine (Chemistry being the only minimum requirement), Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Physiotherapy. The skills developed in the A-level Chemistry course are highly valued by both universities and future employees. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hagley Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 2 years

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