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Chemistry A Level at Caistor Grammar School

Course description

The qualification aims to:

  • Foster imaginative and critical thinking about chemical problems
  • Stimulate and sustain students’ interest in, and enjoyment of, Chemistry.
  • Present Chemistry as a coherent, but developing body of knowledge, principles and theories linked by unifying concepts: in particular the Periodic Table, organic Chemistry, reaction rates, energy and equilibrium
  • Develop students’ appreciation of social, economic, environmental and technological contributions and the application of chemical knowledge
  • Develop students’ ability to communicate scientifically in appropriate ways, including the ability to select, organise and interpret data
  • Use integrating themes to link chemical ideas for example oxidation and reduction leading to redox potentials and energy and equilibrium leading to an introduction to entropy

What kind of student is this qualification suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for students who:

  • Have an interest in, and enjoyment of Chemistry
  • Enjoy carrying out investigations by the application of imaginative, logical and critical thinking
  • Want to use Chemistry to support other qualifications or progress onto further studies

Work expected from students outside lesson time

1. In term time, until the last weeks of the course, there are questions to answer from the course textbook on the Topic you are currently studying. The questions to be answered are set on one week and handed in for marking the following week. End of Topic tests are also used to assess student progress. At the end of the course, past examination paper questions are available for this private study time.

2. The course demands that students gain an understanding of the work. They can only achieve this by private study of Chemistry textbooks, which may be borrowed from the laboratory or library. Students are issued with a text book and a reading list which contains a list of recommended texts.

3. The course is based both on practical and theoretical study work. Often additional time is needed to complete the recording and interpretation of experimental data, and explain its theoretical significance. Knowledge of practical work is assessed through exams and contributes to 15% of the final mark.

Course content

Y12 Chemistry

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Chemistry
  • Module 2 – Foundations in Chemistry
  • Module 3 – Periodic Table and energy
  • Module 4 – Core organic Chemistry

Y13 Chemistry

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Chemistry
  • Module 5 – Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
  • Module 6 – Organic Chemistry and Analysis

Entry requirements

6 at GCSE Chemistry or 6 at both Science/Additional Science and 6 in Maths.


Periodic Table, elements and physical Chemistry (01)

  • 100 marks
  • 2 hour 15 minutes written paper
  • 37% of total A level

Synthesis and analytical techniques (02)

  • 100 marks
  • 2 hour 15 minutes written paper
  • 37% of total A level

Unified Chemistry (03)

  • 70 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 26% of total

A level Practical endorsement in Chemistry (04) (non examination assessment)

Skills assessed:

  1. Follows written procedures
  2. Applies investigative approaches and methods when using instruments and equipment,
  3. Safely uses a range of practical equipment and materials
  4. Makes and records observations
  5. Researches, references and reports

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years