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Chemistry

Why study Chemistry AS/A2?

Study of Chemistry provides a sound basis for both science and non-science based degree courses, and a good grade in Chemistry A Level is a requirement of many science degree courses including medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. The course is, in itself, a fascinating exploration of how the building blocks of life are created and connected.

What will I study?

AS Units

Unit 1 – CHEM 1 Foundation Chemistry

33 % of the total AS marks

17 % of the total A Level marks

Unit 2 – CHEM 2 Chemistry in Action

47 % of the total AS marks

23 % of the total A Level marks

Unit 3 – CHM3X Investigative and practical skills in AS Chemistry

20 % of the total AS marks

10% of the total A Level marks

A2 Units

Unit 4 – CHEM 4 Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry

20 % of the total A Level marks

Unit 5 – CHEM 5 Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

20 % of the total A Level marks

Unit 6 – CHM6X Investigative and practical skills in A2 Chemistry

10 % of the total A Level marks

How will I study?

The lessons will be a mixture of teacher-led activities, practical experimental work and student presentations. At times you will be expected to work in a group and at other times individually. There is an examination in January called CHEM1 (33%), an exam in June called CHEM2 (47%) and an externally marked practical assessment EMPA (20%).