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Chemistry GCE A Level at Oriel High School

Course description

A Level Chemistry is a very well regarded qualification; achieving an A Level in
Chemistry demonstrates to universities and employers that you possess excellent problem solving skills, are able to think and communicate in a logical way and are confident in understanding and applying abstract ideas.
A Level Chemistry will allow you to make sense of the molecular world around you and understand why chemical reactions happen as they do.
A Level Chemistry is the only A Level required for entrance to medicine at

Course content

»» 8 contact hours of taught content per fortnight, split between two members of
teaching staff.
»» Content covers 10 discrete Chemistry topics in the one year AS course and 19 across
the two year A Level covering the three main themes of Chemistry; Inorganic, Organic
and Physical.
»» Independent study commitment 8 hours per fortnight.


Entry requirements

Students are required to have achieved at least a B in Chemistry at GCSE or at least 2x B grades in Core and Additional Science.
A B grade in Mathematics is also required alongside an average GCSE points score of 43.


How will I be assessed?
»» AS exam papers: Core inorganic and Physical Chemistry (90 minutes) Core organic and Physical Chemistry (90 minutes).
»» A Level exam papers: Advanced inorganic and Physical Chemistry (105 minutes), Advanced organic and Physical Chemistry (105 minutes), General and practical
principles in Chemistry (150 minutes).
»» Undertake a series of 12 core practical activities leading to a practical endorsement
alongside the final A Level grade achieved. This does not count towards the final grade however does demonstrate to Universities and employers your practical abilities.
There is no practical endorsement for AS.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years