A2 Level Chemistry at The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy
Chemistry is the study of materials and the particles that form them, of how they are changed naturally in living things and the environment and how chemical reactions can transform them. Chemistry occupies a key position in Science linking Physics and Technology to Biology and Medicine. Our lives today are dependent on materials made and improved by chemists. The modules studied during the course include: Atoms, Bonds & Groups; Chains, Energy & Resources; Practical Skills in Chemistry 1; Rings, Polymers & Analysis; Equilibria, Energetics & Elements; Practical Skills in Chemistry 2. Skills and attributes that students need to be successful: • Awareness of the relevance, impact and potential of chemistry in the modern world. • Curiosity and interest in the nature and structure of materials and their chemical behaviour. • Ability to carry out chemical investigations safely and with imagination and perseverance. • Ability to analyse and communicate theoretical ideas and problems. • A good level of mathematical skills. Scheme of Assessment The Advanced Subsidiary GCE forms 50% of the assessment weighting of the full Advanced GCE. Advanced Subsidiary GCE is assessed at a standard between GCSE and Advanced GCE and can be taken as a stand-alone specification or as the first part of the full Advanced GCE course. Two units at AS and A2 level are assessed through written examination. One unit at AS and A2 level is assessed through internal assessment. All written paper units are available in both January and June series. Practical skills units are available in the June series only. Advanced Subsidiary GCE Unit 1 Atoms, Bonds & Groups Unit 2 Chains, Energy & Resources Unit 3 Practical Skills in Chemistry 1 Advanced GCE Unit 4 Rings, Polymers & Analysis Unit 5 Equilibria, Energetics & Elements Unit 6 Practical Skills in Chemistry 2 What students do after successful completion: •Go on to University to read Chemistry or Applied Chemistry courses such as Biochemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Food Science, Textile Chemistry and Medicine. Chemistry may also be studied in combination courses with such subjects as French, English, Economics, Mathematics, Geography and Information Technology. •Use Chemistry as one of their A-levels to read other subjects at University. •Go into employment which requires a good knowledge and understanding of Chemistry. Typical careers include pharmacy, food production and catering, teaching, textiles, chemical research/analysis, engineering, cosmetics, health/safety and agriculture.
To study A level Chemistry at the Academy students must have achieved a grade B or above at GCSE level and be literate and numerate.
You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which overlap with Chemistry such as Biology, Applied Science, Physics, Geography, Geology or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences, to prepare for higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Chemistry or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Pharmacist. The course will also help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.
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How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy directly.