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Chemistry A Level at Highfields School

Course description

A Level Chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry. It covers the key concepts of chemistry and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level chemistry highly appealing.

You will be taught by very experienced teachers who are all friendly and approachable. We treat all students as independet individuals and care passionately about their achievements.

Staff have continuously developed in-house learning resources to reinforce learning and to help prepare students for rigorous, regular assessments.

Course content

Students will attain the ability to recognise, recall and show understanding of specific chemical facts, terminology and principals. The A Level Chemistry course will show students how to use information with the view of interpreting data and effects of chemical principles, as well as presenting argument and ideas in a logical, clear manner.

You will gain specific knowledge in the traditional fields of Chemistry, including organic, inorganic,physical and analytical Chemistry.

In the first year you will study modules 1-4 for AS level Chemistry. These are Development of Practical Skills, Foundation Chemistry, PeriodicTable and Energy and Core Organic Chemistry.

In the second year you will study modules 5-6 for A Level Chemistry. These are Physical Chemistry andTransition Elements and Organic Chemistry and Analysis.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum grade B in GCSEEnglish Language and Mathematics.

You will also need a minimum grade B in GCSEChemistry, Biology and Physics exams.

Students need to show a high aptitude for Science and Maths and it is deisarble to have chose AS Mathematics alongside AS Biology or AS Physics.

Assessment

OCR Examination Board

Assessment is rigorous and involves end of topic tests and school examinations with constant reference to structured questions and extended response questions, coverinf theory and practical skills.

AS Level: There are two written papers (50% each).

A2 Level: There are three written exams (37%, 37% and 26%)and a practical endorsement (pass or fail).

Future opportunities

Chemistry is a multi-disciplinary science that allows you to develop subject-specific and transferable skills, whicha re valued by all employers, meaning your future career doesn't have to be in a laboratory.

Chemistry overlaps with other subjects; you will develop skills that are very useful in Healthcare sciences such as Medicine, Veterinary science, Denistry, Optometry and Pharmacy as well as Biological Sciences, Physics, Forensics, Engineering, Geology and Earth Science.

Apprenticeships are also availble at major companies eg. GSK, ROlls Royce and Russell Group Universities.

Further information

We have achieve 100% pass rate on Advanced Level Chemistry since 2011.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highfields School directly.

Last updated date: 22 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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