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Chemistry A Level at Ursuline High School

Course description

This course suits logical students and enables students to have access to a diverse range of courses at university such as Biochemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Environmental Sciences and Forensics.

Course content

- In chemistry, students learn how the study of properties of materials enables chemists to deduce how elements are bonding. They will observe and explain patterns in the Periodic Table, as well as explore the group of Transition metals in detail.

- Students will also learn about Organic chemicals, such as Alkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Halogenoalkanes and many more. Students develop problem solving skills through the use of spectroscopy. This will be applied to the study of chemical processes occurring in the atmosphere, focusing on the depletion of the ozone layer and the greenhouse effect.

- ·They will use mathematics to work out the amount of chemicals in a given substance. They will investigate equilibria and how equilibria can be displaced. Students will understand how the speed of reactions can be controlled and how mathematical relationships in kinetics enable the chemist to deduce how chemicals react with one another.


At the end of Year 13, the A Level is assessment is done through three papers, the A Level assessment is done through three papers, each 2 hours in length. The first one examines the inorganic chemistry, the second one examines the organic chemistry. Physical chemistry is split between the two papers, each paper represents 35% of the A-level. The last paper is worth 30% of the mark and examines any part of the syllabus and elements of the practical chemistry. Students’ practical skills will be assessed through a Science Practical Endorsement. It will not contribute to the overall grade for the qualification, but the result will be recorded on the students’ A Level certificate.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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