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Chemistry AS & A Level at Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School

Course description

This course gives the students a real opportunity to read and work with real life research and writing about science.   It expands the students’ knowledge and develops their research and writing techniques.    The tasks help to apply knowledge to new contexts and bring together different aspects of learning.   There are separate text books for AS and A2 courses. Practical skills are integrated with the theoretical topics and they are assessed both through written papers and, for A level only, the Practical endorsement. 

Course content

Whether in the classroom or working independently, the students will need to understand the bigger picture and recognise connections across the topics.    This course is about understanding the core concepts and acquiring key scientific skills that are essential to removing any barriers to learning

The content is split into six teaching modules.

  • Module 1  ‐ Development of practical skills in chemistry
  • Module 2  ‐ Foundations of chemistry
  • Module 3  ‐ Periodic table and energy
  • Module 4  ‐ Core organic chemistry
  • Module 5  ‐ Physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Module 6  ‐ Organic chemistry and analysis

There will be a Practical endorsement in chemistry which is a non‐examination assessment

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B (or grade 6 in English and Mathematics) is required to have a free choice of A‐ Level courses.   We would anticipate that you would achieve a minimum of GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.

Students will be expected to achieve at least a grade B in the subjects they choose to take and this will be applied rigidly to Mathematics, Further Mathematics, the Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages.   


Examining Body:  OCR

Assessment for AS


  • Regular testing
  • Mock Exams


  • Coursework assessed throughout the year

Summer 2017 External exams

  • H032/01 Breadth in Chemistry ‐ 1 ½ hour; 50 %
  • H032/02 Depth in Chemistry ‐ 1 ½ hours; 50%

Assessments for A2


  • Testing from work covered in the summer term
  • Regular testing
  • Mock Exams  


  • AS module scores (50%)
  • Coursework F326 (10%) assessed throughout the year

Summer 2017 External exams:

  • Written paper F324 ‐ 1½ hours; 15%
  • Written paper F325 ‐ 1¾ hours; 25%

Future opportunities

Chemistry at A Level is a highly respected subject, which is equally a requirement for degrees and careers in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, food technology, medicine, metallurgy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, physics and veterinary studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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