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 A 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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Sixth Form

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?

Paper 1: Advanced inorganic and Physical Chemistry Paper 2: Advanced organic and Physical Chemistry Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Chemistry
30% of the total qualification

30% of the total qualification

40% of the total qualification
Overview of content

Overview of content

Overview of content

  • Atomic Structure and Periodic Table
  • Bonding and Structure
  • Redox 1
  • Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table
  • Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance
  • Energetics I
  • Equilibrium I
  • Equilibrium II
  • Acid-base Equillibria
  • Energetics II
  • Redox II
  • Transition Metals
  • Bonding and Structure
  • Redox I
  • Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Modern Analytical Techniques I
  • Kinetics I
  • Kinetics II
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry III
  • Modern Analytical Techniques II
  • Questions in this paper may draw on any of the topics in this specification
  • This paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics listed.
  • The paper will include questions that assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods (indirect practical skills) that will draw on students' experiences of the core practicals.
Overview of assessment

Overview of assessment

Overview of assessment

  • Assessment is 1hr 45 mins
  • The paper consists of 90 marks
  • The paper may include multiple-choice, short-open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Assessment is 1hr 45 mins
  • The paper consists of 90 marks
  • The paper may include multiple-choice, short-open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Assessment is 2hrs 30 mins
  • The paper consists of 120 marks
  • The paper may include multiple-choice, short-open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.

 

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. 

Medicine

Dentistry

Veterinary science

Chemistry

Natural Sciences

Biochemistry

Chemical engineering

Pharmacy

Pharmacology

Biomedical science

Materials chemistry

Pharmaceutical chemistry

Biology

Environmental chemistry

Forensic chemistry

Pathology and microbiology

Genetics

Molecular and cellular biology

Physiological sciences

Anatomical science

Food science

Ecology

Zoology

Geology

Marine chemistry

Animal science

Agriculture

Forensic biology

Animal biology

Marine and freshwater biology

Biological sciences

Environmental biology

Behavioural biology

Plant science

Sports Science

Head of Department and Head of Science: Emily Seeber

Examining Board: Edexcel