A Level Chemistry
As students progress through school, Chemistry gets more exciting. Chemistry explains why so many phenomena take place that we take for granted. Why are fireworks different colours? Why does food go off if not kept in the fridge? Why does wine turn into vinegar if left? How are pharmaceuticals made? Why do nappies absorb so much liquid? All these questions can be answered with Chemistry and at A Level the depth of students’ understanding will increase.
The human body is a highly complex chemical factory and because of this, A Level Chemistry has become a prerequisite for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science degrees. They not only require you to have a good understanding of chemical principles but will also value the practical and analytical skills that students acquire during the course.
At Formby High School we follow the AQA syllabus. This covers topics involving organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Some of these will build upon GCSE knowledge (eg, atomic structure) whereas other topics (eg, NMR spectroscopy) will be completely new.
Chemistry is a practical subject and discoveries are made by asking questions and performing experiments to provide evidence to help answer those questions. Students are required to complete at least 12 practicals outlined in the syllabus in order to obtain the Practical Skills Endorsement required for many degree courses. Knowledge of these practicals is also required for the written examinations. During Year 12, some students will be able to put those skills into practice at the Merseyside Young Analyst Competition at Liverpool University.
A Level Chemistry is a demanding subject but the challenge is very rewarding and it enables learners to develop a multitude of skills that are transferable to many university and career paths.
Key Stage 5 Chemistry Curriculum Maps