A-LEVEL CHEMISTRY

A Level – Chemistry

 

Introduction

Chemistry is the study of elements and the compounds they form. As a fundamental science it is involved in nearly every facet of everyday life. Almost every new technological change and important discovery has its foundation in chemistry. Chemists influence our lives and make the world a better place in which to live.

Recommended GCSE Subjects and Grades 

Double Award Science: AA or higher

Triple Award Chemistry: B or higher Biology

 

Other Contributory Subjects

Mathematics Physics

 

Other Information 

Chemistry tests students’ powers of analysis and their ability to apply understanding of concepts and relevant knowledge to different situations. Practical skills are developed further with more wide ranging and demanding tasks.

Subject Content

AS

AS 1:Basic Concepts in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

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

AS 3: Basic Practical Chemistry

 

A2

A2 1: Further Physical and Organic Chemistry

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

A2 3: Further Practical Chemistry

 

Method of Assessment

AS: External written examination 1 hour 30 minutes Students answer Section A containing 10 multiple-choice questions (10 marks)

Section B containing a number of structured questions (80 marks). 40% of

AS  / 16% of A level AS 2: External written examination 1 hour 30 mins Students answer Section A containing 10 multiple-choice questions (10 marks)

Section B containing a number of structured questions (80 marks).

40% of AS / 16% of A level

AS 3: Practical booklet A consists of a variety of practical tasks worth 25 marks.

Students take the examination in the laboratory. 1 hour 15 minutes

Practical booklet B consists of a variety of questions testing knowledge of practical techniques, observations and calculations worth 55 marks.

Students take the assessment in an examination hall.  1 hour 15 minutes

20% of AS  / 8% of A level

 

A2 1: External written examination 2 hours

Students answer Section A containing 10 multiple-choice questions (10 marks)

Section B containing a number of structured questions (100 marks). 40% of A2  / 24% of A level

A2 2: External written examination 2 hours

Students answer Section A containing 10 multiple-choice questions (10 marks)

Section B containing a number of structured questions (100 marks). 40% of A2  / 24% of A level

A2 3: Practical booklet A consists of variety of practical tasks worth 30 marks.

Students take the examination in the laboratory. 1 hour 15 minutes

Practical booklet B consists of a variety of questions testing knowledge of practical techniques, observations and calculations worth 60 marks.

Students take the assessment in an examination hall. 1 hour 15 minutes.

20% of A2

12% of A level

Career Possibilities

These are endless – a chemistry qualification gives you great choice. It is useful for a wide variety of science/non science related courses and is essential for Research and Development and Biomedical Sciences, Food Science, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Life Sciences, Veterinary Science, Dietetics, Medicine.

Other Information

A Chemistry Public Speaking Competition took place in February 2019 to celebrate the 150th birthday of the Periodic Table.  The highly esteemed Mr Declan Mc Geown RSC was Guest Speaker/Judge at the event.

 GLA Entrance Assessment Results

Results have been posted to arrive on Saturday 4th February 2023

If any Parent / Guardian of a P7 pupil who sat the GLA Entrance Assessment in Loreto Grammar School has not received results in the post, you may call the school office between 12noon and 1p.m. on Saturday 4th February.

This session is only to facilitate issue of results which have not been delivered.