Chemistry

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Chemistry is a highly regarded A-level subject. It is studied by those students who wish to develop a science based career as it blends equally well with Biology and Physics.

Chemistry studies the behaviour of materials at the atomic level. Why do different substances react they way they do? What do we know about the chemical reactions of the different elements. Are there patterns in behaviour? Why do molecules have shape?

We also look at the energy changes involved in chemical reactions as these are the ones that drive our industries, vehicles and lifestyles.

In unit 2 we look at how chemical theories are applied in industry and in the environment. How can we combat global warming, pollution. How do industries control reversible reactions and rates of reaction to get the best yields without blowing us all up. How do we synthesise more complex molecules like drugs.

Chemistry is, of course, a practical subject and there will be lots of opportunities for you to develop your practical skills and develop apply the theories taught in lessons.

Year 12 Chemistry

Chemistry Assessment

At end of year 12 candidates take two papers lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes to gain the AS qualification. Each is worth 80 marks and accounts for 50% of the AS marks. There will 65 marks of written response questions and 15 marks of multiple choice questions

Paper 1 – Relevant physical chemistry topics, inorganic chemistry and relevant practical skills

Paper 2 – Relevant physical chemistry topics, organic chemistry and relevant practical skills

As AS Chemistry no longer contributes to the A2 grade, candidates will take three, two hour long papers at the end of year 13.

Papers 1 and 2 are both worth 105 marks from written questions and provide 35% of the A2 marks each.

Paper 1 – Relevant physical chemistry topics, inorganic chemistry and relevant practical skills

Paper 2 – Relevant physical chemistry topics, organic chemistry and relevant practical skills

Paper 3 tests the whole of the course and is worth 90 marks – 40 marks from questions about practical techniques and data analysis, 20 marks from questions set across the specification and 30 marks from multiple choice questions.

Why choose Chemistry?

Chemistry is an essential part of your A-level studies for careers such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary science.

Chemistry courses teach attention to detail and logical thinking skills.

Chemistry is a useful science to combine with either Biology or Physics.

Chemical careers :

Doctors, dentist, vets

Engineers , Biochemists, Biological Scientists, Cytologists.

Even accountants may find it useful!.

PLUS IT’s FUN!!