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Chemistry AS A2 at Wrenn Academy

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Chemistry in the Sixth Form expands on chemical knowledge and techniques gained during GCSE studies.  The course is largely practical in nature, following the principle of learning through practical experience. Chemistry attempts to explain how substances behave, why certain changes happen and to predict how new substances may behave.  Although Chemistry is one of the pure sciences, its applications outside the laboratory are stressed throughout the course.  As examples, acid rain is a chemical problem; the ‘greenhouse effect’ is caused by chemical changes in the atmosphere; plastics; drugs; food preservatives and additives are everyday chemicals. As such, Chemistry is more than a purely scientific subject.  It has links with Geography and Economics as well as with Physics, Biology and Mathematics.  Many local firms employ people with a chemical qualification


Two module exams are taken in year 12, one in January and one in June.  Together with assessment of practical skills this covers the AS examination.  In year 13, two further exams are taken, together with a special study of one area of application of chemistry, such as Biochemistry or Food Science.  Coursework in year 13 is one practical investigation.

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Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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