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Chemistry A-Level at Polam Hall School

Course description

The A Level Chemistry course is both interesting and challenging. It can be undertaken successfully by students who have studied either Chemistry or Additional Science at GCSE. We would recommend a B grade as the minimum level from which to start the A Level course.

Calculations feature fairly regularly throughout AS and A2. Students with a good pass at GCSE Mathematics will be able to cope and learn the few new mathematical skills required. A good imagination and an ability to express and explain ideas are a considerable advantage.

During the A Level course the fascination of Chemistry begins to take off. For example, it is possible to get some insight into how and why drugs work and how they can be designed, how analytical methods work and how the structures of substances can be deduced.

Chemistry can be studied on its own at university, or it can be combined with a wide range of other subjects such as languages, engineering, biology and mathematics. Courses for a Chemistry degree exist which give an opportunity to spend a year at an overseas university.

Course content

AS Units

Unit 1 (1¼ hours): Foundation Chemistry

Unit 2 (1¾ hours): Chemistry in Action

Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Chemistry. (This is coursework and must be undertaken at school during lessons.)

A2 Units

Unit 4 (1¾ hours): Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry

Unit 5 (1¾ hours): Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 Chemistry. (This is coursework and must be undertaken at school during lessons.)

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for Advanced Level study is 6 A* - C grades. Students’ GCSEs must include Mathematics and English at least at Grade C. 4/3 subjects at AS level are usually studied in the first year.

Future opportunities

A good A Level grade in Chemistry is required by many universities for students wishing to study medicine, dentistry, veterinary science or pharmacy. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 April 2015
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