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A Level Chemistry at Great Sankey High School

Course description

Chemistry is involved in almost every aspect of our daily lives. At A Level students encounter the huge diversity of chemistry and its applications, ranging from plastics, fuels and medicines to metals, paints and the effect of chemicals on the environment. The chemical industry alone employs approximately half a million people throughout the country, with much research and manufacture based in the Warrington area. As industries such as the pharmaceutical industry expand, the opportunities with Chemistry A or AS Level are endless. Chemistry is also an important subject in the context of the other sciences, and provides a better insight into the study of these subjects.

Course content

AS Level
5 context based modules:
The Elements of Life, Developing Fuels, Elements from the Sea, Ozone story and What’s in a Medicine.
Full A Level—as above plus;
5 more context based modules:
The Chemical Industry, Polymers and Life, Oceans, Developing Metals and Colour by Design. In all 10 modules will be practically based activities assessed via the AS and full A-Level exams

Entry requirements

You will need to have a minimum of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE to study this course. Students must also have either, a B grade in GCSE Chemistry or an A grade in Additional Science with B grades in both GCSE Math's and English Language due to the demanding nature of the course. Students wishing to follow this course will need to have an interest and capability in both Science and Mathematics that is considerably higher than average. Chemistry as a subject is complemented by many subjects including Languages, Business Studies, Psychology and Humanities but especially Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Physics.


AS – 2 exam papers, 1hr 30mins each, both worth 50%.
Paper 1: Multiple choice and structured questions covering theory and practical skills Paper 2: Structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills

A2 – 3 exam papers, 2, 2hr 15mins each, worth 41% and 37%. Also 1, 1hr 30mins, worth 22%
Paper 1: Multiple choice and structured questions covering theory and practical skills Paper 2: Structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills
Paper 3: Structured questions and extended response questions with a focus on assessment of practical skills Non exam: Pass/Fail teacher judgment of practical competence over 12 practical activities over the 2 years

Future opportunities

Chemistry linked with other subjects can lead to a wide range of Higher Education courses such as Medicine, Materials Science, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering. Chemistry also provides opportunities in many different areas of work. During the course students encounter some of these such as research and development, management, production, information technology, marketing and technical services. Salters Chemistry gives students an up to date and sound foundation in very relevant areas of the industry enhancing their prospects of employment. It can provide students with an important basis for the study of other subjects should they wish to link the one year course with a combination of suitable studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 April 2015

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