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Course Content

The course is designed to encourage students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for Chemistry. Students develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of ‘how Science works’. The course allows students to develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Chemistry and how they relate to each other.
There are 6 modules:
  1. Practical skills
  2. Foundations in Chemistry
  3. Periodic Table and Energy
  4. Core Organic Chemistry
  5. Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
  6. Organic Chemistry and Analysis.

The AS level involves Modules 1,2,3,4.  The A-level involves Modules 1,2,3,4,5,6.

Module 1: Practical skills which will be taught throughout the course.
Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry involves atomic structure and bonding, formulae, equations, reactions of acids, redox reactions, quantitative chemistry (moles).
Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy involves group and periodic properties, enthalpy changes, rates of reactions, reversible reactions, equilibrium.
Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry involves nomenclature and formula representation of organic molecules, functional groups, organic reactions and synthesis.
Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition metals builds on the concepts covered in module 3 and involves rates of reactions, energy cycles, equilibrium, transition metals.
Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis builds on the concepts covered in module 4 and includes organic compounds and their reactions, pharmaceuticals and analysis.

Methods of Assessment

The AS level course (covered in Year 12) involves modules 1,2,3,4.  There are 2 exams of equal weighting (50%) and both of the exams will assess all 4 modules.
During Year 13 you will study modules 5 and 6 as well as building on the practical skills of Module 1. For the A-level grade (end of Year 13) you will have 3 exams:
Exam 1 : Modules 1,2,3,5 (37%)
Exam 2 : Modules 1,2,4,6 (37%)
Exam 3 : All 6 modules (26%)
Practical skills (module 1) will be taught throughout the course and will be examined on the exam papers. You will also have some class practicals for which you will receive a Practical Endorsement.  You will be expected to display your competency in the following procedures through a range of experiments:
  • Following procedures                                                                                
  • Applying an investigative approach when using equipment
  • Working safely
  • Making and recording observations
  • Researching, referencing and reporting

Other Information

Throughout the course students become aware of the applications of the subject: social, economic, environmental and technological.  The scheme lays a secure foundation for those who will continue their studies in this or related subjects as well as providing an appropriate course for those who intend to end the study of this subject at this stage. It is an essential requirement for many science, medical, dentistry, veterinary university courses.

Entry Requirements

GCSE B (Chemistry Triple Science) or GCSE AA (Core and Additional Science).