Content of Course

Both AS and A2 Level courses are designed to stimulate and sustain the interest in, and the enjoyment of the subject.  The course also allows the development of the abilities to interpret, summarise, evaluate and communicate information.  It encourages the appreciation of the scientific, social, economic, environmental and technological aspects of Chemistry.

AS Level

The subject content includes the study of selected topics from the three subject areas:

  1. Inorganic
  2. Organic
  3. Physical

This includes both qualitative and quantitative analysis.

A2 Level

This builds upon the foundation of knowledge, understanding and skills developed within the AS course and provides the basis for further study of Chemistry and related subjects.

Assessment Arrangements

AS 1:   Basic Concepts in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

             (35% of AS or 17.5% of A Level)

             1½ hours

AS 2:   Further Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and Introduction to Organic Chemistry

             (35% of AS or 17.5% of A Level)

             1½ hours

AS 3: Internal Assessment This includes two practical tasks, a planning exercise and further questions on practical techniques, observations and calculations

            (30% of AS or 15% of A Level)

            2½ hours

A2 1:   Periodic Trends and Further Organic, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

            (40% of A2 or 20% of A Level)

            2 hours

A2 2:   Analytical Chemistry, Transition Metals, Electrochemistry and Further Organic Chemistry

            (40% of A2 or 20% of A Level)

            2 hours

A2 3:   Internal Assessment A practical examination consisting of a planning exercise and practical exercises

            (20% of A2 or 10% of A Level)

            2½ hours

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

It is recommended that pupils wishing to study Chemistry at AS/A2 Level have either a Grade A*, A or B in                        GCSE Chemistry or Grades A* A* or A A in Double Award Science.  No additional teaching time will be provided in Lower Sixth for pupils with Double Award Science.  In addition it is strongly recommended that pupils have at least a Grade A in GCSE Mathematics.

Other Information

In their study of Chemistry pupils have the opportunity to develop their communication skills, sense of enquiry, practical skills and powers of observation and interpretation.  These qualities form an excellent foundation for a wide range of further and higher education courses.