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Chemistry A Level at The Coopers' Company and Coborn School

Course description

Students will learn to work safely in the laboratory using a range of experimental techniques. This practical work is a firm basis for acquiring knowledge and understanding.

Course content

Core content, in all papers
Bonding and structure, redox I, formulae, equations and amounts of substance.

Inorganic and Physical, in Paper 1 with core
Atomic structure and the periodic table, inorganic chemistry and the periodic table, energetics, equilibrium, acid-base equilibria.

Organic and Physical, in Paper 2 with core
Organic chemistry, modern analytical techniques, kinetics.

Entry requirements

Students must gain either at least two B grades in GCSE Double Science or a minimum of grade B in Triple Science Chemistry and one other Triple Science subject. Additionally, a minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics is required.


Three examinations covering two years’ content and practical understanding.
- Paper 1: Advanced inorganic and physical chemistry - 30% of total A-level, 1 hour 45 minutes
- Paper 2: Advanced organic and physical chemistry - 30% of total A-level, 1 hour 45 minutes
- Paper 3 General and practical principles in chemistry - 40% of total A-level, 2 hours 30 minutes
- Practical Endorsement (reported separately

Future opportunities

Progress to Chemistry at a higher level is possible either with an educational or industrial bias e.g. chemical engineering. An ‘A’ level pass in Chemistry is a requirement for those intending to make a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and nearly all biological and applied biological sciences. There are now many joint honours degree courses available – e.g. chemistry with economics, business management, modern languages and computing.

Further information

Chemistry combines well with Biology, Geography, Mathematics and Physics. There are a wide variety of options open to students with this course and thus it can be studied together with many other subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Coopers' Company and Coborn School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2017
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