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Chemistry AS A2 at Kettering Science Academy

Course description

Do you enjoy practical laboratory work? Are you intrigued by the science that you have studied so far, and prepared to work hard to find out more?

Why is copper sulphate blue? Why does ice float on water? If you want to be able to explain things like this and to learn more about the fascinating and varied world of the elements, then Chemistry is the course for you.

Chemistry is the science of materials. It is about gases, liquids and solids; how they interact and how they may be made. Think about plastics, pesticides

and drugs, fireworks, fuels and explosives. Chemistry is literally everywhere.

Course content


In AS Chemistry you will cover topics such as atomic structure, bonding, and the Periodic Table. You will also learn about rates of reaction, organic chemistry, energetics and environmental issues.


In A2 Chemistry the topics are covered in greater depth with further emphasis on analytical techniques and the application of chemical understanding in the world around us.

The topics studied are widely inter-linked and the developing patterns are a distinguishing feature of this subject.

Practical work is used throughout the course both to illustrate concepts and to enable the development of technical and investigative skills.


AS Chemistry (OCR)

Two written exams worth 80% of the AS level mark.

Assessment of Practical Skills worth 20% of the AS level mark.

A2 Chemistry (OCR)

Two written exams worth 80% of the A2 level mark.

Assessment of Practical Skills worth 20% of the A2 level mark.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is an essential qualification for a large number of careers as well as being an

excellent subject to study alongside any other A level. It enables you to move on to areas

such as Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Environmental Science. In you want any science-based career, then Chemistry keeps your options open.

Further information

If you want more information about Chemistry you should talk to either Mrs Robertson or Mr Ballard

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kettering Science Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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