Chemistry A Level at Aylesbury High School
Chemistry is interesting and rewarding. The course provides a good training in scientific method and gives you the chance to gain the skills much sought after in modern society. Chemistry will give you an insight into the materials of the life we lead today and how they will change tomorrow. AS/A Level Chemistry is a valued qualification demonstrating an appropriate and worthy level of achievement. Many scientific, clinical and commercial courses either specifically require or prefer their candidates to have Chemistry at A Level. You may, however, want to study Chemistry purely for enjoyment alongside any other subjects.
An investigative approach is used wherever possible, in which concepts and ideas are developed as a result of practical observations. The emphasis is on the understanding of patterns and ideas, but you also have to learn the facts as a basis for your understanding.
Each group has two teachers who each cover a different aspect of Chemistry. In addition to normal timetabled lessons, students are expected to spend about 5 hours per week outside lessons completing set homework, recording and analysing experimental work, studying textbooks, consolidating notes taken in lessons and, when appropriate, following up individual research. Resources are excellent in terms of equipment, teaching expertise and technical back-up.
You will need a minimum of grade B in GCSE Chemistry or in both Core Science and Additional Science. To succeed in Chemistry you also need to think logically, be creative and analytical. The right attitude and willingness to work consistently are important contributors to success.
For both AS and A2, there are two written examination papers, as well as an internally assessed unit which covers practical skills.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aylesbury High School directly.