Rickmansworth School Sixth Form Prospectus

Examining Body - EDEXCEL LINEAR


REQUIREMENTS - GCSE LEVEL Grade 6 in Chemistry or Additional Science & Grade 6 in Maths

ADDITIONAL COSTS - Approx Textbook

£25 new - compulsory

Chemistry Lectures Revision Guides

£20 ( optional)

£5 annually (optional) Chemnet Membership* £15 for two years (optional) *Student branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry and strongly recommended


ASSESSMENT There is no coursework component for A Level Chemistry. Practical skills will be assessed by teachers and reported separately to the A Level grade as a measure of practical competency. This assessment will be based on core practicals which will be completed throughout the course. In addition, there will be assessment of some practical skills in written exam papers – making the A Level 100% externally assessed. All exam assessments for A Level will take place at the end of the course. Chemistry A Level is a two year qualification and you will only be externally examined in the summer of Year 13. You will be awarded a grade as well as the practical endorsement, allowing you to demonstrate to a university that you are both a theoretical and practical Chemist. PROGRESSION UK Higher Education institutions currently offer over 200 courses where Chemistry is the primary subject. Over 500 courses contain a notable element of Chemistry as well as allowing a degree of breadth of study. These include Chemistry and Sports Science, Chemistry and Politics, Chemistry with Computer Science. The followingcourses either specifically requireor find it desirable to have A Level Chemistry - Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biological Sciences, Environmental Science, Pharmacy and Dentistry. Most laboratory-based jobs benefit from an A Level Chemistry qualification. For instance, a Dental Assistant or a Veterinary Assistant. Many employers view success at A Level Chemistry as a clear indication of sound academic ability.

This course aims to give you the skills and understanding to make decisions about the way Chemistry affects your everyday life by applying concepts into contemporary areas of Chemistry, including:

• Climate change • Green chemistry • Pharmaceuticals • Chemical research • Nanotechnology

In addition, an A Level in Chemistry allows you to develop a range of generic skills requested by both employers and universities. For instance, an A Level Chemist will be able to communicate efficiently and be an effective problem-solver. Handling data will be a key part of your work, allowing you to demonstrate information retrieval, numeracy and ICT skills. You will build up a range of practical skills that require creativity and accuracy as well as developing a firm understanding of health and safety issues that surround the subject. As you become more skilled you will take responsibility for selecting appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods, record observations precisely and critically analyse and evaluate methodology. This course is suited to people who: • have an interest in, and enjoy Chemistry • want to find out how things work in the world • enjoy applying their mind to solving problems • want to use Chemistry to progress onto further studies in higher education or support other qualifications or enter Chemistry based employment.


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