A good grade in A level chemistry is a requirement of many science degree courses including medicine, dentistry and veterinary science and is thought of highly by employers as a sign of academic ability, logical thinking and conceptual aptitude. The course is a fascinating exploration of atomic structure, chemical bonding, and reactions of organic and inorganic chemicals and building on calculations from GCSE chemistry.
The chemistry team at Forge Valley has a proven record at A-level. Mr Barradell has successfully taught the previous Nuffield course for the last 5 years with last years A-level results graded in the top 10% of schools nationally. Mr Holloway has recently added his vast wealth of experience from Silverdale School where he taught for 5 years enabling many students to leave with A*s helping them to enter top universities. At Forge Valley we pride ourselves on providing a caring and supportive environment in which pupils can engage with the demands of the course and build up the skills they need to succeed in further education.
We will be following the AQA Specification which follows naturally from the AQA GCSE in chemistry which pupils follow in Y11. The course content contains the foundations of chemistry before branching out into the 3 disciplines of organic, physical and inorganic chemistry. Specific subjects include biochemistry, kinetics, equilibria and energetics.
Running throughout both AS and A2 chemistry there will be 12 required practicals in which students skills are tested and recorded. These skills are developed in preparation for this through many other opportunities for investigation work.
Your understanding and learning will be assessed through written exams at the end of Y12 and/or Y13. There will be three papers which test your knowledge as well as your practical knowhow. You will also have your practical abilities assessed by your teacher which will be reported on your final certificate as the Practical Endorsement for Chemistry.
Grade 6 in Science Core and Additional / Grade 6 in Chemistry and Grade 5 in Mathematics
Five or more GCSE Grade 9-4 or equivalent, including Grade 4 in English.