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Chemistry A-Level at Clevedon School

Course description

Over the course, in practical situations, students will study; the structure of the atom – how electrons are arranged and how this affects the reactivity of elements; chemical reactions - calculation of reactants and volumes of gases; and the bonding between atoms and ions. Students move on to study the chemistry of carbon, periodic trends and energetic chemistry. The course has lots of practicals and attempts to relate Chemistry to its applications in the real world.

Course content

There is lots of practical work and students are expected to work independently and safely.

Chemistry A is split into six modules: Modules 1 to 4 constitute the standalone AS Level qualification; Modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitutes the full A Level. The modules can be summarised as:

  1. Development of practical skills: Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation. This module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and (for A Level only) within the Practical Endorsement.
  2. Foundations in chemistry: Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations, Amount of substance, Acid–base and redox reactions, Electrons, bonding and structure. Concepts required throughout the remaining modules.
  3. Periodic Table and Energy: The Periodic table and periodicity, Group 2 and the halogens, Qualitative analysis, Enthalpy changes, Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative).
  4. Core Organic Chemistry: Basic concepts, Hydrocarbons, Alcohols and haloalkanes, Organic synthesis, Analytical techniques (IR, MS).
  5. Physical Chemistry and transition elements: Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative), pH and buffers, Enthalpy, entropy and free energy, Redox and electrode potentials, Transition elements.
  6. Organic Chemistry and Analysis: Aromatic compounds, Carbonyl compounds, Carboxylic acids and esters, Nitrogen compounds, Polymers, Organic synthesis, Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR).

Entry requirements


In order to be admitted onto Level 3 courses, students should satisfy all the following requirements:

  1. At the end of Year 11 secure a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C at GCSE.
  2. Secured at least a grade B at GCSE in the subject that the student wishes to study at Post 16, or the same grade in a related subject where it has not been previously studied GCSE.
  3. Have demonstrated, through their previous education career, the level of self-motivation and commitment required for Post 16 study.

NB. In exceptional cases one or more of the above requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Headteacher or his designated member of staff. The school reserves the right not to admit onto the requested course, despite meeting the above requirements, if on educational grounds it is not considered to be appropriate to the needs and ability of the student concerned.


AS: 2 terminal papers, assessing any content from 1 to 4. Each paper is worth 50%.

A: 3 terminal papers, 1 (37%) assesses content from 1,2,3 and 5, 2 (37%) assesses content from 1,2,4 and 6, 3 (26%) assesses content from 1 to 6.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is an academic A level and makes good currency for almost any degree course whether it be a straight forward chemistry degree, marine biology, forensic science or English.

If you are opting for dentistry, medicine or veterinary medicine then Chemistry is a requirement.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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