In Chemistry, we explore the building blocks of matter and the particles our universe is made of. We study the way in which atoms interact with each other and search for patterns in their properties and reactions. There is a strong emphasis on developing experimental skills and these are assessed within the written papers. The curriculum provides a good balance between theory practical work to engage and enthuse pupils. AQA Chemistry is academically rigorous and lays an excellent foundation for advanced courses in Chemistry and other Sciences.

Course content

Pupils will acquire knowledge and understanding in the following areas: atomic structure and the periodic table; bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; quantitative chemistry; chemical changes; energy changes; the rate and extent of chemical change; organic chemistry; chemical analysis; chemistry of the atmosphere; using resources.

Assessment
The AQA GCSE in Chemistry comprises two externally assessed papers:
Chemistry paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of total marks, topics 1-5
Chemistry paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of total marks, topics 6-10
Both papers are made up of a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions

Co-curricular
Pupils have the opportunity to complete a CREST Award, attend BioMedSoc and participate in enrichment trips, such as the ‘Science Live’ lecture series with scientists of the day.

Next steps
Universities and employers view success at Chemistry A Level as a clear indication of sound academic ability. There are varied career paths open to pupils with Chemistry A Levels such as Medicine, Engineering, Research, and Law, to name just a few.

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