Chemistry is concerned with the science of matter, particularly its structure, properties and reactions. Chemistry is of central importance to the sciences as a whole as the chemical reactions that it governs are fundamental to all of science.

Our approach to the teaching of Chemistry is to present it as a dynamic, exciting and intellectually stimulating subject, whilst at all times paying full attention to the demands of the relevant examination specifications.

You will have a Personal Coach who supports and guides you through the course. You will meet with your coach for group meetings and for personal one to one meetings on a regular basis.

Exam Board: AQA

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

The qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and process skills inherent in GCSE Science and Mathematics. There is no requirement to have studied GCSE Chemistry separately - The level of knowledge gained in trilogy science is sufficient. The qualification integrates theory and relevant practical work, which are developed at different levels throughout the course.

You will need to be able to communicate effectively, research and think critically about chemical problems. Independent study skills and consolidation of knowledge are essential. There is also significant mathematical elements to the course.

A Level Chemistry covers the following topics:

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What will I learn?

A-Level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and extremely rewarding course. It develops your scientific skills and knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. This will enable you to you challenge ideas and show how you worked things out through logic and step-by-step reasoning.

How will I be assessed?

You will sit school assessments at the end of each half-term to monitor you progress and an AS exam in the summer of year 12.

In June, Year 13 you will sit your external examinations. The exams will comprise of:

Paper 1: 1.5 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A Level

Paper 2: 1.5 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A Level

Paper 3: 2 hours, 90 marks, 30% of A Level

Overall, at least 20% of the marks in assessments for chemistry will require the use of mathematical skills. These skills will be applied in the context of chemistry and will be at least the standard of higher tier GCSE Mathematics.


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