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Christ the King Sixth Form College

Chemistry

A Level

"I really like the practical aspects of Chemistry and having the chance to try things out. We have recently been predicting reactions based on data and then finding out what really happens with the transition metals."

What will I study?

A Level Chemistry builds on the knowledge gained at GCSE and provides students with an understanding of why and how reactions happen. The topics covered include atoms, elements, bonding, energetics, organic chemistry and the development of the periodic table. The aim of the course is to encourage students to extend their interest and enthusiasm for chemistry and to develop a real appreciation of how science works.

Chemistry studies reactions and substances from a biological and physical perspective. Data handling and Maths skills are a focus, alongside logical thinking, scientific writing and the application of processes and knowledge to unfamiliar contexts. Students will have the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge through practical experiments. Students wishing to study A Level Chemistry should have a natural curiosity about the world and a willingness to search for answers through laboratory investigations and independent research.

Students study 6 modules covering inorganic, physical, and organic chemistry. Practical skills are embedded throughout the course.

What do I need to study this course?

GCSE Chemistry (Grade 9-6) and one other Science subject (Grade 9-6) or GCSE Double Science (Grade 9-6). In addition, GCSE Mathematics (Grade 9-5) is also required.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by 100% written examination at the end of the course. There will be a variety of question styles including multiple choice and extended answer questions. The assessment of practical work in Chemistry will be reported separately in a certificate of endorsement.

Where will A Level Chemistry lead me?

Chemistry links well with other Science subjects and is useful for environmental, healthcare, and engineering careers. Previous students have gone on to study a broad range of subjects such as Medicine, Conservation, Architecture, Engineering, Nursing, Law and Chemistry itself.

What the students say

"I can't believe how good my results are. It shows really hard work does pay off. The support of my teachers really helped me out. I'm really happy. I had such a good time studying at Christ the King. My Science teachers were so helpful."