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Chemistry AS/A2 Level at The Bishops' Blue Coat CofE High School

Course description

Chemistry makes an important contribution to the understanding of the materials used in everyday life and in the world about us. Physical chemistry deals with the relationships between energy and chemical reactions. Organic chemistry is the study of carbon compounds. Inorganic chemistry is the study of other elements and compounds.

Course content

AS Chemistry comprises 2 theory units - Foundation chemistry which explores the fundamental principles of chemistry and Chemistry in Action, which introduces more of the principles that underpin chemistry and the application of such principles.

At A2 level, Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry are studied in the first unit, followed by Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry. A variety of teaching styles are implemented; pupils spend time making notes and doing practical work. Pupils are expected to write up lesson notes, carry out research and revise in their private study periods.

Entry requirements

Students considering taking chemistry must have at least a grade B in both GCSE Core Science and Additional Science including a B grade in the Chemistry components. A minimum grade C in GCSE Maths and English is also essential.

Assessment

AS level Year 12: 2 x written papers in June; a 1¼ hour paper and a 1¾ hour paper. Students' investigative and practical skills will be assessed in June by an externally marked Practical Assignment (EMPA).

A2 level Year 13: 2 x written papers in June; a 1½ paper and a 2¼ hour paper. Students' investigative and practical skills will again be assessed in June by EMPA.

Future opportunities

Chemistry at Advanced level is a necessary qualification to study many degree level courses including medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, nursing and physiotherapy. Studying chemistry at AS and A2 ;eve; is also a good opportunity if you want to keep your options open.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishops' Blue Coat CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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