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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

Extra Curricular

Chemistry Hospital – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.

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:

Unit One

CHEM1 Foundation Chemistry

Examination paper (70 raw marks/100 UMS). 4 – 6 short answer questions plus 1 – 2 longer structured question(s).

1 hour 15 minutes

33 1/3% of the total AS marks

16 2/3% of the total A Level marks

Unit Two

CHEM2 Chemistry In Action

Examination paper (100 raw marks/140 UMS). 6 – 8 short answer questions plus 2 longer structured questions.

1 hour 45 minutes

46 2/3% of the total AS marks

23 1/3% of the total A Level marks

Unit Three

Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills

CHM3T, Centre Marked Route T (50 raw marks/60 UMS)

Practical Skills Assessment (PSA – 12 raw marks)

Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA – 38 raw marks)

20% of the total AS marks

10% of the total A Level marks

Unit Four

Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills

CHM3T, Centre Marked Route T (50 raw marks/60 UMS)

Practical Skills Assessment (PSA – 12 raw marks)

Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA – 38 raw marks)

20% of the total AS marks

10% of the total A Level marks

Unit Five

CHEM5 Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

Examination paper (100 raw marks/120 UMS). 6 – 8 short answer questions plus 2 – 3 longer structured questions. Some of the questions will have synoptic elements.

1 hour 45 minutes

20% of the total A Level marks

Unit Six

Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills CHM6T, Centre Marked Route T (50 raw marks/60 UMS)

Practical Skills Assessment (PSA – 12 raw marks)

Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA – 38 raw marks)

10% of the total A Level marks

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