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Chemistry A level at Wolsingham School

Course description

Are you the sort of person that enjoys practical work and explaining how and why chemical reactions work? Are you confident with numerical work and can you rearrange equations effortlessly? If ‘yes’ is the answer to these questions then Chemistry is the subject for you.

The course involves the practical applications of science from developing new fuels and polymers to analysing the composition of the atmosphere and designing synthetic routes to medicines.

It is essential for careers as varied as medicine, environmental science, pharmacy and forensic science. You need to be highly motivated and conscientious and well organised to meet the demands of this rewarding yet challenging course.

Course content

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics.
Module 2 – Foundations of physics
Module 3 – Forces and motion
Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons
Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics
Module 6 – Particles and medical physics


At AS Level: AS Papers 1 and 2 can assess any content from Modules 1 to 4.

At A Level: A Level Paper 1 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.

A Level Paper 2 assesses the content from Modules 
1, 2, 4 and 6.

A Level Paper 3 assesses the content from Modules 1
 to 6.

Practical assessment

There is no separate practical assessment (coursework) which counts towards any science course at AS or A level.  Practical skills will be assessed in written examination papers.

Practical endorsement

A practical endorsement will be reported alongside the full A level qualification (but not at AS).  To achieve this, you will complete specific practical activities during lessons and your teacher will keep a record of the ones you have managed successfully.  If you complete enough successfully, you will receive the practical endorsement alongside your A level.  It will be written on your certificate.  If you do not achieve it, there will be no practical endorsement on your certificate.  It does not affect the grade you achieve at A level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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