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Chemistry AS & A Level at Barking Abbey School

Course description

Chemistry is a subject that seeks to understand the behaviour of materials and to study how they interact with each other. The subject provides an important background for students who wish to study a technological, engineering or scientific subject at a higher level or work in a related field.

Course content

Chemistry at AS Level is a one year course which assumes that students already have a thorough knowledge and understanding of GCSE Chemistry, gained through the study of at least GCSE Double Certificate Science course, including extension work (higher paper). The course is very intensive and consists of two written papers, each 1 hour and 30 minutes. Understanding of practical work will also be assessed in the exam papers, and therefore there will be many required practicals completed throughout the year.

Amongst the skills demanded from students will be competence in handling apparatus, the ability to manipulate numbers and to think logically. Students must be prepared to gather and learn quite a large body of knowledge and then collate and utilise this to solve unfamiliar problems and predict chemical behaviour.

The theoretical part of the course covers all major aspects of the subject – organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, which are illustrated by examples from industry etc. including the social and economic consequences.

Chemistry A Level is a two-year linear course with all exams taking place at the end of the two years. Similar to the AS course, required practicals will take place throughout the year. This course will be examined through three papers, the third being synoptic.

Entry requirements

Minimum GCSE Grade B Double Award Science GCSE Maths Grade B. (not Applied Science GCSE)

Future opportunities

Commerce, Chemical Engineering, Environment, Industry, Research and Medicine (for which A Level Chemistry is usually a requirement), Forensics, Civil Service/Local Government

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 October 2016
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