Chemistry is everywhere; the world around us is filled with materials that have been discovered, developed and tested by chemists: medicines, foods, fuels, plastics, fertilisers and fabrics.
Chemists work at the forefront of science, developing materials and products that we use every day and finding solutions to problems that affect our lives. The problem-solving, research and analytical skills you will develop on this course will help you with further study at university and in your career.
If you want to pursue a career in Medicine, Pharmaceuticals, Chemical engineering, Biochemistry, Biomedical sciences, Environmental science or the development of consumer products, then studying A Level Chemistry is a vital first step.
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A Level Chemistry (UK) is available only to students based within the UK. It builds directly on the work you will have done for IGCSE/GCSE in the subject. Grade B or 6 at IGCSE or equivalent is required before starting on the A Level. Due to the knowledge of Mathematics required, we also recommend that you have Grade B or 6 in Maths at IGCSE or equivalent before embarking on this subject. Wolsey Hall Oxford offers the relevant IGCSE courses should you require further knowledge. All students undertaking Wolsey Hall A levels must also have an IGCSE in English Language at Grade C or 4.
A Level Chemistry (UK) prepares you for either the Edexcel AS Level syllabus 8CH0 (for the standalone AS course) or Edexcel Advanced Level syllabus 9CH0 (for the full A Level).
For the standalone AS in Chemistry, you will take: Paper 1: Core Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (code 8CH0/01) is worth 50% of the overall AS grade. Length: 1 hour and 30 minutes Paper 2: Core Organic and Physical Chemistry (code 8CH0/02) is worth 50% of the overall AS grade. Length: 1 hour and 30 minutes
For the full A Level in Chemistry, you will sit the following 3 papers in the same exam series: Paper 1: Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (code 9CH0/01) is worth 30% of your overall A Level grade. Length: 1 hour 45 minutes Paper 2: Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry (code 9CH0/02) is worth 30% of your overall A Level grade. Length: 1 hour 45 minutes Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Chemistry (code 9CH0/03) is worth 40% of your overall A Level grade. Length: 2 hours 30 minutes
Science Practical Endorsement (code 9CH0/04) A Level Chemistry (UK) now contains a separate Practical Endorsement, which is an assessment of your skills and competency when completing a minimum of 12 A Level core practicals. The result (either ‘pass’ or ‘fail’) of the Practical Endorsement is reported separately on your A Level certificate, in addition to your overall grade for theory.
You will need to arrange to take this component of the course at an examination centre which offers this option, and you will need to take the written exam at that same centre. You will find a list of centres that facilitate the Practical Endorsement here.
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