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Chemistry AS/A2 Level at Woodlands School

Course description


Chemistry is involved in almost everything in our daily lives: from the air that we breathe to the clothes that we wear, the food that we eat and fuels to keep us warm. New materials such as plastics, life saving medicines and pesticides have all been developed by Chemists working in a wide variety of industries.

This Chemistry course aims to prepare you for study at a higher level in order to understand how these materials are made and react, and to provide you with advanced study skills demanded in higher education.


During this course, you will use knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and principles to form hypotheses and to solve problems. You will develop the ability to communicate scientific ideas and arguments logically and concisely. You will also study some of the social, environmental and economic effects of science.

The course will contain a balance of theory and practical work. You will be expected to keep good notes, be able to analyse data and carry out calculations involving fairly complex mathematical ideas and work to a high standard in the Lab. You will be expected to handle chemicals safely and learn to use a variety of accurate measuring apparatus and specialised glassware. You will need a lab coat and you may buy your own pair of safety glasses if you wish.


Course content


AS course content:

Foundation Chemistry

Atomic Structure, Amount of Substance

Bonding, Periodicity, Organic Chemistry.

Chemistry in Action

Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibria, Redox

Reactions, Group 2 and Group 7,

Extraction of metals, Organic Chemistry.

Investigative and Practical Skills


A2 course content:

 Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry

Kinetics, Equilibria, Acids and Bases,

Organic Chemistry.

Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

Thermodynamics, Periodicity, Redox,

Transition Metals, Aqueous Chemistry.

Investigative and Practical Skills

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirement is 2 grade Bs in Science at GCSE and a grade B in Mathematics at GCSE.


Exams and practical tests.

Future opportunities


Chemistry A Level will prepare you for jobs ranging from Archaeology to Veterinary Science and from Environmental Health and Pharmacy to Photography. It is a requirement for Chemistry based courses, and strongly recommend for Biological Sciences (including careers in Medicine).

The majority of scientific courses/careers expect two or three Science A Levels to be studied. Chemistry can be combined with Biology, Physics, Maths or Geography to enhance your understanding of any of these subjects. Chemistry A level is well respected and is also a career passport to other fields such as Law, Accountancy or Management.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years