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The AQA A level in Chemistry builds on mainly the second module of GCSE Additional Science. The topics are organised into Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry and are shared between two teachers.  The AQA course is especially exciting as there are aspects of Biochemistry taught in year 13. The course give a general insight into how the world works on the atomic level and gives a very good grounding in General Science.
Please note there will be an internal assessment at the end of year 12. 
At the end of the A level course students will sit three external  exams:
  • Paper 1 (35% of the A level) - Physical and Inorganic Chemistry (including relevant practical skills).
  • Paper 2 (35% of the A level) - Physical and Organic Chemistry (including relevant practical skills)
  • Paper 3 (30% of the A level) - Practical Skills and Data Analysis Paper
Physical Chemistry is in Paper 1 and 2. Each Exam Paper is 2 hours long. There is no coursework.
There are 12 compulsory practicals throughout the course, the content of which are tested in each exam (and mainly in Paper 3). The A level in Chemistry will be graded A*-E with a pass or fail in Practical Skills (called a Practical Endorsement). If a student is absent for one of these practicals they must do the practical at a point convenient for the teachers. Students missing any practicals will not pass the Practical Endorsement.
A level Chemistry is a widely respected A level and is often a requirement for many life science (Biology related) degrees. It is also required for degrees in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science and Engineering.
Homework will be set by both teachers every week. The work will mostly include exam questions wherever appropriate, short answer questions from the textbook, experimental write-ups, and revision. It is expected that students also read around the subject and prepare during exam periods by completing past papers and checking answers using mark schemes. All students will have access to exam materials. Students should do a minimum of 5 hours’ study outside of class every week – this could be rewriting class notes or making additional notes from the textbook.
Ensure pupils are spending an adequate amount of time summarising, organising, expanding and learning class notes (3 to 4 hours per week). 


Mrs A Houston: (HOF)
Mr N Francis: (HOD)