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Chemistry (A Level) at Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form

Course description

Students who have enjoyed GCSE Science and have a natural interest in Chemistry would be best suited to the course. Students who are considering careers in Medicine or Veterinary Science should also take Chemistry. Well-motivated and organised students will be the most successful. Extended writing skills are not essential.

The course covers all the key concepts of Chemistry. As learners progress through the course they will build on their knowledge of the foundations of Chemistry, and apply this knowledge to help them understand key concepts regarding the Periodic Table, organic and physical chemistry. There is a strong emphasis on practical skills and for A level only, the Practical Endorsement will also support the final qualification.


Course content

The course aims to:

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 their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, 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 (as exemplified in ‘How Science Works’).

Entry requirements

6 GCSE subjects at Grade C/5 or above + Grade BB overall in Higher GCSE Science, and at least a minimum of a B grade in C1 & C2 modules. You should have studied GCSE Maths at higher tier level and have achieved a grade 6 or above, and the continuation of Maths to A Level is an advantage.


The final grades are 100% based on exams. There are 2 exams for the AS Level and 3 exams for the A Level.

The practical endorsement accompanies the A level qualification. It requires a minimum of 12 practical activities to be completed over the 2 year course. It will appear on all students’ certificates as a separately reported results, alongside the overall grade for the qualification. You will need to keep a record of all the practical tasks as you complete them to be used as part of the assessment.

Future opportunities

There are numerous job opportunities for students with Chemistry qualifications including Medicinal Chemistry, Forensic Science, Bio-medical Sciences, Pharmacy and Biochemistry. A Level Chemistry is also highly regarded for non-scientific careers including Accountancy and Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 29 November 2017

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