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Chemistry A Level at The Petchey Academy

Course description

This course promotes a meaningful understanding of concepts learnt at GCSE. Explanations of why chemical entities behave in such a way during chemical reactions. Moreover mathematical aspects of fundamental ideas are learnt at this level to understand how atoms and molecules influence the order of universe and an explanation to how science works.

Over the two years students study a variety of topics which are examined at the end of the course. Students also have to complete a series of written assessments involving 4-8 short questions and 2-6 longer structured questions, which are totalled to give an overall grade.


AS Level written assessments towards the GCE certification:

Unit 1 Foundation Chemistry                                            16%

Unit 2 Chemistry in Action                                                 24%

A2 Level  written assessments towards the GCE certification:

Unit 4 Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry      20%

Unit 5 Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry    20%

Entry requirements

6 A*-C at GCSE including English and Maths and a B grade in Chemistry (or 2 B grades for additional science).


Practical assessment throughout the A level course account for a total of 20%:
Unit 3 practical assessment        10%
Unit 6 practical assessment       10%

Future opportunities

This course is considered highly by all universities and a pre-requisite to many degree courses including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary science, materials science, scientific journalism and writing, research and chemical engineering. Furthermore, many non-science related degrees will accept chemistry, since A level chemistry is regarded as one of the most difficult and demanding subjects learnt at post 16.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Petchey Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 April 2017
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