Chemistry is the central science underpinning and complementing much of Biology and Physics. From looking at reaction mechanisms and pathways to calculating equilibrium constants it will challenge and develop your problem solving abilities. Chemistry will help you learn how to piece together answers given different information skills vital to solving many of today’s problems from tackling the climate emergency to developing new treatments and medicines. Furthermore, it is highly respected and well regarded A-level that will unlock careers and further studies in a huge array of fields from finance to medicine. Studying Chemistry unlocks many doors to whatever you would like to do in the future.
How is this course assessed?
1) Development of Practical skills in chemistry.
2) Foundation in chemistry.
3) Periodic table and energy.
4) Core organic chemistry.
5) Physical chemistry and transition elements 6.Organic chemistry and analysis.
Assessment is 100% exam based. There are three exams in total at A-Level, with some multiple choice questions. The content on the papers is split as follows:
Paper 1 – Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.
Paper 2 – Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.
Paper 3 – All modules.
The exams also cover practical knowledge and students can be awarded a ‘Practical Endorsement’ as evidence that the can confidently and competently carry out investigations and experiments.
The department runs a twilight visit to GSK and Spectroscopy in a suitcase day. There is also a weekly clinic after school.
Additional entry requirements
A GCSE Grade 7 in Separate Chemistry or a minimum GCSE Grade of 6-6 in Trilogy/Combined Science with a GCSE Grade 7 average on your Chemistry papers. Maths should also be a minimum GCSE Grade 6. Entry requirements are at the discretion of the Academy which are a Grade 5 in GCSE English and a grade 5 in GCSE Maths.