The A-level course is divided into 6 compulsory modules:
Module 1: Development of Practical Skills
Module 2: Foundations in 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
The AS Course contains modules 1-4.
Learning will take place in many ways including:
All resources used in lessons are put on to the college Moodle site, enabling learners to access resources at any time.
Throughout the course we will make use of both summative assessment (e.g. end of topic tests) and formative assessment (e.g. answering questions in class) to review your progress.
For A-level, there are three written exams in the summer of your second year:
Practical skills are assessed in both written exams and through the practical endorsement. The practical endorsement is assessed throughout the course and is awarded a pass or unclassified (separate to your final grade).
For AS, there are 2 written papers at the end of the year:
There are a range of trips and experiences organised throughout the course including:
During the course students will complete a work booklet for each topic including past paper questions. Students will be expected to pay for these at the start of the year. Purchasing booklets is a mandatory requirement of the course.
The total cost is approximately £10 per year.
We also ask that you pay a deposit for your course text books (£10) which will be returned to you when books are returned to the library at the end of the course.
Grade 6 in Chemistry OR 6 in both Core AND Additional Science. 6 in Maths.
There are a range of enrichment activities for you to participate in, including:
We have a strong link to Catalent, a local pharmaceutical company, and they accept 4 students each year to complete a 4 week work experience placement over the summer, gaining expertise in a range of different sectors within the business.
We also encourage students to apply for Nuffield Research placements and other opportunities to gain essential experience of the work place. It is a college expectation that all students not progressing to university should undertake work experience.
The Chemistry student text books are library books which are loaned to you until after you finish your final exams. We use OUP books specifically written for the syllabus. The College intranet (Moodle) contains all the information you need for the course. You will also be expected to purchase course booklets which contain lots of information and practice questions.
Yes – but very satisfying when it starts to fit together. It is highly recommended that you work from the beginning of the first lesson, asking questions if you do not understand and attend work shops. You should also speak to others who have already completed the Chemistry course.
No – but you need to have achieved Grade 6 in HIGHER GCSE Maths.
Individual circumstances will be taken into consideration. You will be need to discuss your situation with the Chemistry course leader.
Yes, it is essential to study Chemistry A-level for all medical degrees including vetinary science and dentistry.