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Chemistry

Subject Description

If you really wish to understand the causes of the wonderful world around us, Chemistry provides
some very important clues. The Advanced Level course expands upon the Chemistry content of
your GCSE science course and studies the laws, theories and models that underline the reactions
of elements and compounds. The course also expands on carbon chemistry to give an insight
into the many uses of carbon-based compounds.

Future Destinations:

It should come as no surprise that Chemistry is an essential requirement if you wish to pursue
a career in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Pharmacy. It is also highly desirable for
students wishing to enter the fields of Biology, Agriculture, Ecology, Nursing, Forensic Science,
Polymer Science, Archaeology and Geology. But, of course, Chemistry can equip you for a career
in almost anything!

Qualification:

A Level

Exam Board:

AQA

Entry Requirements:

Essential:
Grade 5 Science (double
award core and additional),
Grade 5 Chemistry (triple
award), Grade 5 Maths
Desirable:
Grade 6 Science (double
award core and additional),
Grade 6 Chemistry (triple
award)

Content and Assessment Breakdown:

Paper One

105 marks

2 hours

Physical chemistry

Organic chemistry

Related practical skills

35% of total A-level marks

Paper Two

105 marks

2 hours

Physical chemistry

Inorganic chemistry

Related practical skills

35% of total A-level marks

Paper Three

90 marks

2 hours

Practical skills (40 marks)

Any content from physical, inorganic or organic chemistry (20 marks)

Multiple choice questions (30 marks)

30% of total A-level marks

Practical skills endorsement

Your skills in five competencies are assessed across twelve required practical activities. Students who demonstrate the required standard across all competencies with be awarded a ‘pass’ grade.

 

The competencies are:

  1. Follows written procedures.
  2. Applies investigative approaches and methods when using instruments and equipment.
  3. Safely uses a range of practical equipment and materials
  4. Makes and records observations.
  5. Researches, references and reports.
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