Year 9, 10 & 11 (Block 3, 4 & 5)
Bedalians' exciting journey into the world of Chemistry begins in Block 3. All Block 3, 4 and 5 students study for IGCSE qualifications. The aim of this course is to provide a good grounding in the sciences for anyone who is a citizen of the twenty-first century, and also to do the same for those who wish to continue with the sciences to AS Level and beyond.
Practical, hands on laboratory work is at the core of our teaching alongside developing students’ interest in the chemistry of the world around them.
Examining Board: Edexcel ‘Dual Award' IGCSE
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Why study Chemistry at A Level?
Chemistry is a fascinating subject with a significant impact on our everyday lives. Studying Chemistry allows you to understand many of the concepts important to modern science. From materials to medicine, biotechnology to biofuels, solar energy to space exploration; Chemistry is shaping our future. Chemistry is a heavily practical subject and there is a strong emphasis on laboratory work, as well as using mathematical skills to solve problems. Chemistry is a fascinating and demanding subject that will enable a deep appreciation of the world around you.
What is studied in Chemistry A Level and how is the course assessed?
At Bedales, we are studying the new Edexcel Chemistry A Level course which started in September 2015.
What changes have been made to the A Level Chemistry course?
There are some minor changes to content in the new course and some new additions in some existing topics, but the most significant changes are in the assessments.
There will no longer be exams in 6.1, only in 6.2. This is a two year course and the option to take AS Chemistry will not be available at Bedales.
There will no longer be a practical module, but students will be required to complete 16 core practicals. The assessment for this will simply be a pass or fail basis to ensure that all students have can provide evidence of their competency in practical work. The written papers could test knowledge of these practicals. Our teaching is centred on practical laboratory work and we will do far more practical work than the 16 core practicals.
Another change in assessment is the increase and consistency across all Chemistry A Level examination boards to ensure a minimum of 20% level 2 maths (equivalent to the standard of A* - C GCSE Maths) in the assessment.
Life after Bedales
Some degree courses will expect or strongly prefer candidates to have studied Chemistry. The problem solving skills, ability to deal with abstract concept and the application of mathematical skills are recognised as highly desirable in many areas of study.
Pathology and microbiology
Molecular and cellular biology
Marine and freshwater biology
Head of Department: Emily Seeber
Examining Board: Edexcel
Read profile of an Old Bedalian who has followed a career in chemistry: Alan Spivey