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. Triple Science is an option for all students who wish to spend an extra two periods in science a week in Blocks 4 and 5. That extra double rotates between the three sciences. 

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.

Practical Chemistry at A Level

Students are required to complete 16 core practicals at A Level. The assessment for this is simply pass or fail to ensure that all students can provide evidence of their competency in practical work. Students receive a separate certificate to document that they have met the practical requirements of the course. Furthermore, Paper 3 also tests students’ knowledge and understanding of these practicals. Our teaching is centred on practical laboratory work and we will do far more practical work than the 16 core practicals.

Mathematics in Chemistry A Level

20% of the marks awarded in the assessment of the course are for Level 2 Maths (equivalent to the standard of A*-C in GCSE Maths). This is consistent for all A-level Chemistry examining boards.

Other opportunities for A Level chemists

6.1 students take two trips out of school to enrich their experience of A Level Chemistry. The first is to a day of lectures in London provided by top academics on a range of exciting and cutting edge issues in Chemistry. The second is to the University of Southampton for a twilight session in their undergraduate Chemistry laboratories to carry out practical work which is beyond the scope that is possible in a school laboratory.

Students also take part in the RSC Chemistry Olympiad paper in January of 6.2 and the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge in June of 6.1. These national Chemistry competitions provide students with the opportunity to tackle extremely complex problems using the knowledge and skills they have built up on the A Level course. Certificates from these competitions are evidence of exceptional critical reasoning and problem solving skills and are highly valued by universities. 

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 SciencesEmily Seeber

Examining Board: Edexcel