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Chemistry A Level at Chapeltown Academy

Course description

A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge.

There are six units in the full A-level – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by exam. The remaining two units are internal assessments of investigative and practical skills. There are two routes for internal assessment: teacher-marked or AQA-marked. This provides flexibility to meet the needs of schools and colleges and their students.

Course content

Unit 1 is a foundation unit. It introduces some fundamental concepts which underpin chemistry. Students will learn about the structure of the atom, moles and bonding. They will be introduced to organic chemistry with a study of the alkanes.

Unit 2 introduces more of the ideas that underpin chemistry. It looks at applications of those principles and those that have been developed in Unit 1. Students will learn about thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, redox reactions and the periodic table. They will also continue their study of Organic Chemistry and begin to explain reactions of carbon compounds using mechanisms.

Unit 3 is an assessment of experimental and practical skills. This will be assessed internally by the teachers.

Unit 4 develops the concepts of Physical Chemistry introduced at AS level. Reaction kinetics and equilibria are treated quantitatively, acids and bases are studied in detail. The study of organic chemistry is extended to include aromatic compounds, amines, amino acids and polymers. Some elements of spectroscopy are included.

Unit 5 develops ideas about thermodynamics and introduces the concept of entropy. Students will also learn more about redox, including the electrochemical series. The transition metals are studied in detail.

UNIT 6– Practical Skills Assignment worth 20% of AS (10% of A-Level) marks

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Basic Entry Requirements are 4 in Maths and 4 in English Language.

All other requirements are determined at interview.


Assessment Units

UNIT 1 – Written exam (1 hour 15 minutes) worth 33.3% of AS (16.7% of A-Level) marks

UNIT 2 – Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes) worth 46.7% of AS (23.3% of A-Level) marks

UNIT 3 – Practical Skills Assignment worth 20% of AS (10% of A-Level) marks

UNIT 4 – Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes) worth 20% of A-Level marks

UNIT 5 – Written exam (1hour 45 minutes) worth 20% of A-Level marks

UNIT 6 – Practical Skills Assignment worth 10% of A-Level marks

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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    • Chapeltown Academy has it's purpose built premises in Hydra Business Park.

      The facilities include an inside and outside sports area, a lecture theatre and a large well lit library.

      We also have a lovely relaxing common room and open dining area, with cafe facilities throughout the day.

      This is all in addition to the spacious classrooms and well equipped laboratories.