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Chemistry A Level

Subject: Science 

Why is Science important?

  • Science enables students to analyse the world around them as individuals.
  • Science is interesting, stimulating, life relevant, useful, enjoyable, and empowering for people to receive a science education.  
  • Provides problem solving and confidence, with challenging concepts growing in breadth of content and skills.
  • Science is achievable for all to understand complex theories.

What will students learn?

In A level Science, many topics rely on the knowledge developed at GCSE. Most new units are taught at year 13 – which bridge the gap between A level and university level knowledge and skills. In Science, we run Biology, Chemistry and Physics A level and BTEC Applied Science.

In KS5 students will study

Year 12
  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Rates
  • Redox
  • Organics
  • Organic compounds analysis
Year 13
  • Thermodynamics
  • Rates
  • Acids and bases
  • Electrochemistry
  • Transition metals and P3
  • Carbonyls and isomerism
  • Amines and Polymers
  • Aromatics

  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA

  • ​Organic synthesis and analysis

How will students receive feedback?

At Paddington, all students will receive regular feedback from formative assessment tasks. Within the curriculum, specific tasks are allocated for feedback. This ensures all students gain regular feedback. Teachers will mark student work and provide targeted feedback that enables students to improve their work and make progress. To support student understanding, teachers plan high-quality re-teach time to prepare students for their feedback. Across each term, students will receive feedback from multiple tasks.

What examinations / assessments do students have at the end of KS5?

Exam board: AQA

Involves three papers, each two hours' long

What resources can be used to support learning?

  • Students in KS5 have a carefully selected textbooks for both units that covers the content of the course and provides a set of exam question.
  • Knowledge organisers are used to develop students’ knowledge of core knowledge in each cycle. Students can use this to revise key information through self-quizzing.
  • Seneca learning is used to help students learn and memorise key context. Teachers set Seneca tasks weekly in addition to homework


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