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Chemistry AS and A Level at Woodcote High School

Course description

Chemistry is everywhere; from the food we eat to the development of new medicines. The study of Chemistry allows us to both understand and analyse the world around us.

Chemistry is often seen as the “central science” because of the links it can make between Physics, Mathematics, Biology and Medicine, thus making it an exciting option alongside other course options at A Level.

Course Description

The current specification includes the study of the following areas over two years:
1. Development of practical skills.
2. Foundations in Chemistry
3. Periodic table and energy
4. Core organic Chemistry
5. Physical Chemistry and transition metals
6. Organic Chemistry and analysis

Course content

Through the study of these topic areas, you will:

- Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
- Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
- Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
- Develop interest in and enthusiasm for Chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
- Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society



Study in the first year will lead to the completion of AS exams which, whilst not counting towards the final A Level grade, will be used to assess suitability to continue with the second year of the full course. All examinations will contain a minimum of 20% Level 2 Mathematics.

Practical skills developed during the course will be assessed as part of activities completed in lessons. The practical techniques used and knowledge of them will be tested within the final examinations. This will lead to “pass” or “fail” being recorded alongside the final A Level grade as part of the practical endorsement to indicate competency with the practical skill criteria.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Chemistry allows for further study at university in a range of science subjects including Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, as well as Engineering and other subjects such as Business and Economics due to the transferrable skills related to problem solving and analysis. In employment, skills developed as part of studying science are in high demand.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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