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Chemistry AS/A level at Hatch End High School

Course description

A level Chemistry gives you the opportunity to study a core of key concepts in greater details. Many of the ideas first covered at GCSE will be revisited but with a greater emphasis on explaining rather than simply describing the behaviour of molecules. While studying A level Chemistry you will develop practical skills that include making observations, collecting data, analysing experimental results and formulating conclusions. You will also gain an appreciation of how scientific models are developed and evolve, the applications and implications of science, the benefits and risks that science brings and the ways in which society uses science to make decisions.

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A*-C/9-5 to include B+/6+ or equivalent in new GCSE Maths & Sciences. A Level Maths should be taken alongside


All exams are at the end of the course and AS does not contribute to the A– level. By externally assessed written examination papers at the end of the course. There will be no internal assessment (no course work) 20% of the total A level marks require the use of higher tier maths GCSE. Practical work will be assessed in the written papers (15%).

Future opportunities

Whilst many job opportunities require higher qualifications, most laboratory-based jobs benefit from a Chemistry qualification, for instance dental assistance or veterinary assistant. Many employers view success at A level Chemistry as a clear indication of sound academic ability. Many university courses have a significant proportion of chemistry content and an A level in Chemistry is excellent preparation for such further study. Courses in chemical engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, biological sciences, environmental science, pharmacy and dentistry specifically require Chemistry or find it desirable.

Further information

What equipment will I need

Textbooks specific to the Edexcel specification

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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