Science - AS/A2 Chemistry Subject ___________________________ AQA Examination Board _________ Entry Requirements: At Least a grade B in GCSE science Why choose Chemistry? Chemistry is the central science and impacts on all facets of our lives. An understanding of chemistry is necessary to all other sciences from astronomy to zoology. All of the materials used by engineers and technologists are made by chemical reactions and we all experience chemical reactions continuously, whether it be breathing or baking a cake, driving a car or listening to a battery driven MP3 player. Chemistry is concerned with all aspects of molecules, their physical and chemical properties, their composition and structure, their synthesis and use in the 21st century. How is the course organised? AS A2 Unit One – Foundation Chemistry Unit Four – Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Written paper of 1 hour 15 minutes – 34% of Chemistry AS Marks, 17% of A2 Marks Written paper of 1 hour 45 minutes – 20 % of Unit two – Chemistry in action total A Level marks Written paper of 1 hour 45 minutes- 46% of AS Unit Five – Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Marks, 23% of A2 Marks Chemistry Unit Three – Investigative Skills Assessment Written paper of 1 hour 45 minutes – 20 % of (ISA) total A Level marks Classroom based assessment of practical skills Unit Six - – Investigative Skills Assessment in chemistry – 20% of AS marks, 10% of A2 (ISA) marks Classroom based assessment of practical skills in chemistry 20% of total A Level Marks What are the methods of assessment including coursework? AS - Unit one is assessed in the January of year 12 and unit two is assessed in the June. A2 – Unit four is assessed in the January of year 13 and unit five is assessed in the June, both of the A2 units are synoptic (they assess knowledge of AS units one and two). All examinations are mostly short answer questions with one or two longer structured questions. Unit three in AS and Unit 6 in A2 are a teacher assessment of practical skills and a Teacher assessed ISA. What are the career path and degree course progressions? Chemistry crosses the boundary of all science; from genetics to theoretical physics, geology to drug design. It is essential for medicine veterinary science and dentistry and can lead to careers in law, in particular Material and Drug patent law, and business. Any other course information? Students will all receive textbooks, revision guides, learning checklists and past papers.