• The students make a quantitative study of rates and equilibria and take their study of organic reaction mechanisms further. The topics entropy and redox potential show how chemists are able to predict quantitatively the direction and extent of chemical change. There is a further examination of the periodic table when students study the transition block.

  • Both AS and A2 courses teach and develop a number of skills including the handling of apparatus, data analysis, practical and written research and problem solving based on laboratory situations. There are Core Practicals that students must do as these will be the context of some of the exam questions. Teachers will offer an endorsement of the students’ practical skills. They are not graded or scored and do not count towards a student’s overall grade.

    There are opportunities in the AS and Advanced GCE in Chemistry for students to see how science and scientists work.

  • There is no optional section for this course.

  • WWhere it is possible students will have one teacher for the duration of the AS and A2 course. We have 1 or 2 groups of the 5 we teach that are shared between two teachers.

  • The course is examined in 3 exams at the end of the A level course.

    All written exams contain a section of objective questions and a section of structured questions. There is a greater emphasis on questions requiring extended writing in the third paper. The questions in this exam are of a more synoptic or applied nature than those in the other two papers.

  • A wide range of science related degree courses now consider Chemistry to be the most important qualification. It is essential for Medicine, Pharmacy, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering and for most Biology and Environmental Science courses. A level will develop your ability to analyse information, see relationships and draw conclusions, which means that it is a useful but not essential “training” for degree subjects such as Law, Business and Management Studies.