In the Sixth Form there is the opportunity to continue studying Chemistry at both Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced (A2) levels.

The Advanced Subsidiary is assessed at a standard between GCSE and A-level and can be taken as a stand-alone subject at the end of the Lower VI or as the first part of the full A level course.

The introduction of the new AS levels provides a marvellous opportunity for many students to extend their science studies beyond GCSE and so broaden their education. In the past, students may have been unsure whether they wanted to embark on a science A level. Now the student has the opportunity to take the subject to AS level and hopefully find it rewarding enough to continue to the full A level.

All three science subjects are modular courses. This involves a considerable amount of practical work where students are encouraged to develop their existing skills further. The skills which will be assessed are Planning, Implementing, Analysing and Evaluating.

The specification which has been chosen is designed to “sustain and develop an enjoyment and interest in Chemistry, to recognise the value of Chemistry to society and how it may be used responsibly, as well as developing your knowledge and understanding of the concepts and skills essential to the subject.” It is a modern syllabus aimed to interest and stimulate throughout the course.

The units of study are shown below:

AS level

  • Atoms Bonds and Groups
  • Chains, Energy and Resources
  • Practical Skills in Chemistry 1

A2 level

  • Rings, Polymers and Analysis
  • Equillibrium, Energetics and Elements
  • Practical Skills in Chemistry 2 

Chemistry is an essential subject for a student who wishes to study Medicine or Veterinary Science, and can lead to a number of career opportunities in the medical field as well as Sciences in general. Also, because of the discipline involved, it is favoured as a subject choice for Law and Accountancy. Studying Chemistry at least to AS level will be very valuable for anyone taking Biology A level or with an interest in Food Sciences.

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