What will I study?
At Chichester College you will study the AQA syllabus. The course is divided into 3 sections; physical, inorganic and organic chemistry. You will study some aspects of each section in year 1 with further topics in year 2. The course follows on from GCSE starting with the foundation topics of atomic structure and bonding, moles and equations, the periodic table and chemicals from oil. Further topics are introduced during year 1 including energetics, kinetics, redox reactions, groups 2 and 7 and more organic chemistry. Many of these topics are developed further in year 2 with some new areas incuding acids and bases, transition metals and organic analysis and synthesis.
How will I be taught?
There will be 2 sessions a week, a 2 hour class and a 3 hour class with a half hour break. All classes will be in well equipped laboratories. Classes will include a mixture of presentations, demonstrations, group or individual practicals, quizzes, discussions and exam question practice. A Level Chemistry uses a Flipped Learning System in which students learn some basic facts prior to the lesson which are then developed by the lecturer through individual and group activities in class.
How will I be assessed?
This is a two-year linear A Level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of the second year. Each project is assessed as a portfolio of work. There are 3 exams at the end of the 2 years: papers 1 & 2 will focus on different parts of the syllabus while paper 3 will focus on the whole course including practical techniques & data analysis. To prepare you for external exams, you will carry out a programme of weekly tests, exam style assessments and Formal Progress Points where you will monitor your attendance, how hard you are working and your academic progress. All Year 1 students will progress through a Year 1 Gateway that will allow you to progress to Year 2.