This is a two year A Level course which consists of three main units covering physical, organic and inorganic chemistry units.
At the end of year 1 there will be two 90 minute papers worth 50% each. At the end of year 2 there will be three 2 hour papers. Each paper will include assessment of the practical skills. There will be 12 required practical which need to be completed during the two year course.
The A Level Chemistry course is desirable for those wishing to go into Medicine and Dentistry. Past students have gone on to study a wide variety of university courses e.g. Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Forensic Science and Chemical Engineering.
Each fortnight you will be timetabled for 8 hours in year 1 and 10 hours in year 2 periods of 60 minutes each. These will include a combination of practical and theory work. Guidance will be given on how to prepare for lessons and consolidate you own learning so that you can have the best chance of success.
Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.
GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.
Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!
The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)