Chemistry A-Level at Dr Challoner's High School
The application of scientific knowledge in modern technology and medicine affects every aspect of our lives, and a widespread understanding of science is vital for any modern society. All three A Level sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) place an emphasis upon the understanding of scientific principles and their applications in everyday life, and all involve a large element of practical work. More detailed information about the course is given below.
Studying Chemistry requires your enthusiasm and commitment. You should be prepared to spend several hours a week in consolidating classwork, private study and background reading. You will get a real in depth knowledge of Chemistry, preparing you for further education or giving you the credentials to enhance your job options. The course emphasises the understanding and application of principles rather than learning excessive facts. A high emphasis is placed on learning the fundamental practical skills needed for Chemistry.
Prospective students are required to achieve a minimum of 2 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade A and a further 4 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade B, including English Language and Mathematics.
You will be expected to have achieved a GCSE grade A minimum in Chemistry or a GCSE grade A minimum in both Science and Additional Science on the higher papers if you have studied the dual award.
Questions will be a mixture of short and long answer questions and multiple-choice. There will be three papers. In total there will be six hours of exams.
There will be no internal assessment that leads to marks that contribute towards the A-level grade. Practical work will be assessed in the written papers. 15% of the total A-level marks will be for practical knowledge and understanding.
Chemistry A-level is essential for anyone entering Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy and Chemical Engineering. It is a degree subject in its own right and it is important for many other scientific and engineering courses. Many Chemistry students also go on to study Law and accountancy.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dr Challoner's High School directly.