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Chemistry AQA at Bradfield School

Course description

A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge.

There are six units in the full A-level – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by exam. The remaining two units are internal assessments of investigative and practical skills. There are two routes for internal assessment: teacher-marked or AQA-marked. This provides flexibility to meet the needs of schools and colleges and their students.


Course content


Chemistry AQA 7405


In the first year of the A-Level course the following content is covered.

  1. Atomic Structure
  2. Amount of substance
  3. Bonding
  4. Energetics
  5. Kinetics
  6. Equilibria
  7. Redox
  8. Periodic table, group 2 and group 7
  9. Alkanes
  10. Halogenoalkanes
  11. Alkenes
  12. Alcohols
  13. Organic analysis

This material makes up the AS component of the course.

For students progressing to take a full A-Level in Chemistry the following additional content will be taught in the second year of the course.

  1. Thermodynamics
  2. Rate Equations
  3. Equilibria
  4. Electrode Potentials
  5. Acids and bases
  6. Transition metals
  7. Aqueous reactions
  8. Aromatic Chemistry
  9. Amines
  10. Polymers
  11. Amino Acids and DNA
  12. Organic Synthesis
  13. Spectroscopy
  14. Chromatography


Paper 1: A 2-hour written exam on Physical and Inorganic Chemistry. (35% of A-Level marks)
Paper 2: A 2-hour written exam Physical and Organic Chemistry (35% of A-Level marks)
Paper 3: A 2-hour written exam on practical skills and data analysis as well as questions on any of the syllabus content. (30% of A-Level marks)

Dr N Moorcroft, Ms S Hambleton


Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Chemistry (or Grade B in GCSE Additional Science)
Grade B in GCSE Mathematics





Further information

Our ambition is for the students we teach to ‘be the best they can’ and, where students want to, that they progress to the top Universities to maximise their employment and career prospects. In partnership with Russell Group Universities, we continue to work hard to realise this ambition and to ensure that, as well as excellent teaching, our students receive the correct guidance and support needed to make successful applications to Higher Education.

We are very proud of the achievements made by last year’s students. 92% of the students progressed to a University course of their choice. 91% of our students gained 3 or more A-Levels and 46% of the grades were A*-B. Students were also successful in their applications to competitive programmes such as Cambridge University, Dentistry and Medicine. We look forward to building on this success with the students who choose to join us in the future.

We offer a range of 23 different A-Level subjects, enabling students to choose subject combinations to progress to all available Higher Education courses. All of our courses are taught by subject specialists with degrees in the subjects they are teaching, and with strong track records in A-Level teaching. Students are also encouraged to integrate work experience placements with their studies in order to gain the practical and transferable skills required for many careers.

Students have the choice of choosing three or four A-Level subjects. We expect that most students will specialise to three subjects by the time they enter Y13. All students are also given the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification over the two years, and we are increasingly finding that this improves the quality of student’s applications to University and employment opportunities.

Sixth Form is not solely about the study of the academic subjects. We offer students a range of enrichment opportunities, improved social facilities and privileges so that our students can enjoy life as a Sixth Form student both inside and outside of the classroom and that they can play a leading role in helping to develop the school. By providing these opportunities alongside a strong curriculum, we believe that Bradfield Sixth Form is an environment ‘where people thrive’ and where people can make the most of their talents and realise their potential.

We hope that you will consider studying your chosen subjects at A-Level at Bradfield School Sixth Form.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Patrick Beaumont
Head of Sixth Form
0114 2865002

How to apply

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Last updated date: 18 March 2019

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