This topic is usually studied by students wish to pursue their studies of Chemistry to a greater depth and understanding than that required at GCSE.

DSC_4775This is an interesting course that it is delivered in such a fashion to allow pupils to develop many key skill areas; e.g. literacy skills, numeracy skills, IT skills, presentation skills and team working to name but a few.

Furthermore, as is tradition in Chemistry you will have the opportunity to experience the smells, colours and occasional explosions associated with Chemistry lessons through the development of your practical skills.

  • Year One:
    Unit 1 – foundation subjects like atomic structure, periodicity and organic chemistry. Unit 2 – kinetics, alkenes and analytical techniques.
    Unit 3 – investigative and practical skills.
  • Year Two:
    Unit 4 – introduces you to 17 topics, including equilibria, polymers and aromatic chemistry
    Unit 5 – thermodynamics, energetics and inorganic chemistry
    Unit 6 – practical, hands-on part of second year.

In the first year you’ll have a 75 minute written paper on Unit 1 (33% of your
year marks) and a 105 minute paper on Unit 2 (47% of your year marks).

The remaining 20% of your marks for the year are awarded for the Unit
3 practical work. A pass in year one is recognised with an AS level. Half
your marks are carried forward to the second year as a credit.

In the second year you’ll have a 105 minute paper on Unit 4 (40% of
your year marks) and a 105 minute paper on Unit 2 (40% of your year
marks).

The remaining 20% of your marks for the year are awarded for the
Unit 6 practical work. Half your year two marks are added to half your year
one marks… and a pass is recognised with a prestigious A Level.

Useful websites:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/chemistry_new.php
www.knockhardy.org.uk/sci.htm
http://www.s-cool.co.uk/alevel/chemistry.html
www.kerboodle.com

Chemistry is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science. It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.

Contact email: Steven.Cruickshank@tonypandycollege.co.uk