Coloma Convent Girls' School

Coloma C.G.S.

A Voluntary Aided Catholic School for Girls aged 11-18

Welcome to the Chemistry Department

Chemistry General Aims

Curriculum Content

Key Stage Five

AS & A2 Chemistry - AQA Codes: 7404 & 7405 - Specifications

Course Content - What will I study?

  • The Salters Advanced Level course occupies 5 x 50 minute periods per week, with some of these as double lessons. This allows an extended session for practical work.
  • The course is student-centred based on two textbooks that define the course. Each unit of work occupies about 4-5 weeks. The Units are based on chemistry as it happens in the world around us and develops from the knowledge and understanding established in science GCSE courses. There are strong links with biology, physics and geography amongst other subjects. Some reading and learning will be via web-based activities.
  • The economic benefits for Britain of a strong Chemical Industry evolve throughout the course.
  • Trips will be organised to lectures at nearby universities.

How will progress be tested and examined?

The units studied in the first year can lead to AS level qualification. Examination will be modular.

For AS there are 3 assessments units:

  • Unit 1 - Taken in June or January - 30% AS Level or 15% A Level.
  • Unit 2 - Taken in June - 50% AS Level or 25% A Level.
  • Unit 3 - Experimental Skills for Chemistry (Assessing practical skills) - 20% AS Level or 10% A Level (taken throughout the course).

A2 assessment comprises of two more written examinations (70% of A2 marks) and a practical investigation (30% of A2 marks).

The Advanced Level award is based 50% AS and 50% A2 marks.

Throughout the course an after school ‘Chemistry Club’ is run to help and assist the students once a week.

Progression - How will the study of Chemistry benefit students’ future education and career?

  • Training in analysis, understanding, evaluation, application of knowledge and data handling provide foundations for many AS/A Level subjects as well as sciences.
  • GCSE Science at grade B or above is required to study a science subject at AS/A level.