Chemistry A Level at Aylesbury High School
Why study Chemistry?
Chemistry is the science that sits firmly at the cross-roads where the purity and rigour of the scientific method meet creativity and imagination and it therefore has its own demands and rewards. Chemistry gives you an extremely flexible set of skills that are highly valued in the academic world and which are essential for the ever-changing demands of the modern workplace.
A Level Chemistry is a valued qualification and many scientific, clinical and commercial courses either specifically require or prefer their candidates to have gained a post-16 qualification in Chemistry. You might even want to study Chemistry just for the pure enjoyment that such a fusion of creativity and pure science can bring.
Through studying A Level Chemistry you develop an understanding of how the very fabric of the Universe is 'bolted together', whilst at the same time gaining perhaps the most highly-valued grounding in creative thinking available at this level. Perhaps the question should be: can you afford not to study Chemistry?
There are 6 modules:
Module 1 Development of practical skills in Chemistry
Module 2 Foundations in Chemistry
Module 3 Periodic table and energy
Module 4 Core Organic Chemistry
Module 5 Physical Chemistry and transition elements
Module 6 Organic Chemistry and analysis
You need a minimum of grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry or or achieved the equivalent of at least two Grade 6s in the Chemistry component of the qualification (averaged a grade 6 or above in the two Chemistry modules taken in both exams) if you have taken a double science qualification. To succeed in Chemistry you also need to think logically, be analytical and have a creative streak. We have found that tenacity, mathematical ability and a real desire to push their understanding further have been the common factors woven into the most successful Chemistry students.
Paper 1 Modules 1, 2, 3 & 5 2 ¼ hours 37 %
Paper 2 Modules 1, 2, 4 & 6 2 ¼ hours 37%
Paper 3 Modules 1 - 6 1 ½ hours 26%
In addition to written papers there will be at least 12 practicals over two years with a pass/fail mark assessed by the centre. Maths and experimental skills are tested in each paper.
The emphasis is on the understanding of patterns and ideas and developing skills that allow you to effectively apply this understanding to creative problem-solving exercises. You will also have to learn quite a lot of facts to act as a basis upon which to construct your understanding of this subject.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aylesbury High School directly.