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Experimental investigation is at the heart of the subject


senior chemistryChemistry touches almost every aspect of human life from such basics as food, fuel and clothing through to building materials, metallurgy, medicines, colour chemistry, and forensic science amongst other areas. It is intellectual but also thoroughly practical, and experimental investigation is at the heart of the subject. Students will have achieved at least a GCSE/IGCSE Grade B in Chemistry or a B grade or above in both Science and Additional Science, and will need to communicate effectively, research and think critically about chemical problems. A level Chemistry is needed for Medicine, most Biological Science courses, and numerous other science degrees at University.

Students study the following units during the AS course (Year 12):

    * The Core Principles of Chemistry;
    * Application of Core Principles of Chemistry;
    * Chemistry Laboratory Skills I

Those who continue during the A2 year (Year 13) complete A Level Chemistry by studying:

    * General Principles of Chemistry I - Rates, Equilibria and Further Organic Chemistry;
    * General Principles of Chemistry II - Transition Metals and Organic Nitrogen Chemistry;
    * Chemistry Laboratory Skills II.

Laboratory skills are assessed internally through a general practical competence assessment and a number of assessed practical tasks. These include qualitative observation, quantitative measurement and preparation. All are based on competence in the laboratory, both in handling the chemicals, and in observing and drawing inferences from results.

Next Steps…

To arrange a visit, or for any other enquiries regarding admissions at the Senior School, please contact our Head of Admissions, Mrs Carole Heritage on 01225 721 133

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