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Chemistry A-Level at Ranelagh School

Course description

The aim of the course is to foster the knowledge and understanding of concepts rather than just the ability to remember facts. Students will learn how to recognise the operation of the principles of chemistry in practical applications and to be able to apply their understanding of the subject to novel situations, forming opinions on controversial topics. They will have the opportunity to develop observational skills in practical experimental work and to make and interpret quantitative measurements.

Through experimental investigation candidates will learn the evidence on which the laws and theories of chemistry are based. Students will become familiar with the use of models as an aid to understanding whilst at the same time recognising the limitations of the models in some area of the subject. Most of the subject areas havebeen studied in a simpler form as part of GCSE Science courses.

Practical work provides a wide scope of opportunities to become familiar with a variety of different techniques such as volumetric analysis, organic synthesis and electrochemical measurements. There are no practical assessments but understanding of practical techniques is implicit throughout the course. Students develop skills of presenting information, the interpretation of experiments, oral and written reports, spreadsheets and independent research. The ability to articulate ideas and apply them to unfamiliar contexts is developed throughout the course.


Course content


Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry - Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry - Synoptic Paper

Entry requirements

Prospective students are expected to achieve AB grades or above in GCSE Core and Additional Science or grade A or above in Chemistry; students are also expected to achieve grade 6 or above in Mathematics.


Two x two written exams 2 hours in length combining short and long answer questions - 35% each of A level.

Two hour written exam covering practical techniques and data analysis, multiple choice questions - 30% of A level.

Future opportunities

Chemistry A Level is essential for careers in medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, agriculture, geology, materials science and the transferrable skills developed make it useful for many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ranelagh School directly.

Last updated date: 03 January 2017

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