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Chemistry A (A level linear – No AS Examinations) at Gumley House Convent School

Course description

We use a variety of strategies to help you build up a detailed but broad understanding of the syllabus content and develop your skills. Examples include:

  • Group and individual research projects
  • One-to-one and small group tutorials
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Data analysis
  • Computer simulations
  • Experimental investigations and the development of practical skills

Experimental work is integrated into the lessons and practical skills are developed alongside theoretical work. There are 12 key practical skills that are developed throughout the course

In addition to taught lessons you will spend at least 6 hours a week on private study.

You will enjoy this course if:

  • You have an inquisitive mind
  • Enjoy hands on practical work
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Have strong maths skills

Course content

A level Chemistry is fully linear. You will learn about the different aspects of chemistry including organic, inorganic and physical chemistry as well as further develop your experimental skills.

Course content for the A level is:

Module 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2: Foundation in Chemistry

Module 3: Periodic table and energy

Module 4: Core organic chemistry

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transitional elements

Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis.

Entry requirements

 Maths and English at level 5 and three differnt subjects at a minimum of grade C .Grade B in Science and Additional Science or a grade B in Chemistry GCSE (Triple Science) is required. 


 You will sit 3 written examinations at the end of the 2nd year of the course.

  • Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry:   External written examination of 2hr 15min written paper.  100 marks - 37% of A level
  • Synthesis and analytical techniques:  External written examination of 2hr 15min. 100 marks - 37% of A level
  • Unified chemistry:  External written examination 1hr 30min.  70 marks-.26 % of A level.

There is also the practical Endorsement which is non – examination assessment and reported separately.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is a component part of many careers. It is essential for Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacology Forensic Science and Food Science. It occupies a central part of a wide range of courses including Archaeology, Engineering, Nursing, Environmental Science and Cosmetic Science. It is increasingly relevant to people working in areas such as journalism, Law, catering and government establishments. What other learning could you do: You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which overlap with Chemistry such as Biology, Applied Science, Physics, Geography, Geology or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences, to prepare for higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Chemistry or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Pharmacist. The course will also help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us or your school/college careers advisors.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gumley House Convent School directly.

Last updated date: 10 May 2017
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    • The main entrance to the School is via Gumley Gardens off  St John's Road.

      The School is close to a number of bus routes- 267, 237, 235,117 and H37.

      There is limited parking in the school during school hours. There is metered street parking in South Street (off Twickenham Road).