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Chemistry A-Level at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

A successful Chemistry student will need to be motivated and determined, able to sustain hard work, have an enquiring and logical mind and enjoy the subject. You must have a passion for science and have a good grasp of mathematical skills.

This course is worthwhile to any student who wants to understand the world around them and develop their scientific skills. There is a strong emphasis on academic skills but the course will appeal to those students who enjoy practical laboratory work.

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What will I study?

Our aim is to stimulate students’ interest in and enjoyment of Chemistry. The course looks at the structures of molecules that comprise all matter and the changes that molecules undergo during reactions.

Students will develop a comprehensive interlinked knowledge and understanding of chemical ideas and skills.

Students who take this course will gain a fuller understanding of how Chemistry impacts on all of our lives in terms of technology, society and the environment and they will develop wide ranging problem solving skills and make use of ICT.

The first year introduces the subject and important concepts that will be used frequently throughout the course, plus the basics of physical and organic chemistry. Physical chemistry explains why chemical reactions occur and details the energy changes that take place. Organic chemistry is the study of the chemistry of carbon and its compounds. In the second year you will build on the areas studied at AS level, plus an inorganic chemistry unit which covers the periodic table. During both years you will be taught practical techniques which you will have to master for the practical exams in the first and second years. These practical exams will contribute to your overall AS/A2 grade. For both years a good grasp of mathematics is essential.

How will I learn?

You will learn in a variety of ways, including lectures, independent study/research, practical work and presentations. The course may also include visits and workshops at Bristol University, RSC, @Bristol and local industries.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A* - C including English Language, GCSE Maths grade B and Core and Additional Science BB or Chemistry B.


Both AS and A2 will be assessed through written exams worth 80% and practical coursework tasks worth 20%.

Future opportunities

Chemistry opens the doors to a multitude of career pathways due to your ability to solve problems in a logical manner. These careers could include Medicine, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, Food Chemistry, Veterinary Science, Forensics, and Materials Science. Many accountants and businesses also like to employ chemists, due to their logical minds and analytical skills.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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