Chemistry – 9701

Chemistry may seem complex and intimidating, but once you understand a few basics, you’ll be on your way to experimenting and understanding the chemical world. The coolest experiments are Chemistry experiments and Chemistry is in the real world, not just the lab.

Universities value learners who have a thorough understanding of key concepts in Chemistry, an in-depth knowledge of Chemistry’s most important themes and strong practical skills. Cambridge International AS and A Level Chemistry helps learners develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for successful university study.


What are the key concepts?

The key concepts on which this syllabus is built are set out below. These key concepts can help teachers think about how to approach each syllabus topic in order to encourage learners to make links between topics and develop a deep overall understanding of the subject. If mastered, learners can use the concepts to solve problems or to understand unfamiliar subject-related material.

  • Atoms and forces

Matter is built from atoms interacting and bonding through electrostatic forces. The structure of matter affects its physical and chemical properties, and influences how substances react chemically.

  • Experiments and evidence

Chemists use evidence gained from observations and experiments to build models and theories of the structure and reactivity of materials.

  • Patterns in chemical behaviour and reactions

By identifying patterns in chemical behaviour we can predict the properties of substances and how they can be transformed into new substances by chemical reactions. This allows us to design new materials of use to society.

  • Chemical bonds

The understanding of how chemical bonds are made and broken by the movement of electrons allows us to predict patterns of reactivity.

  • Energy changes

The energy changes that take place during chemical reactions can be used to predict both the extent and the rate of such reactions.

How is the subject taught at The City School?

We teach Chemistry in The City School by following the syllabus systematically. In A Level, we go into depth and detail and encouraging students to participate actively in their learning and to find it fun . Students are asked to see how Chemistry has changed our daily lives from the medicine you take when you are sick to OLED! We also use online techniques such as flipped classrooms for students to go through before coming to the class for face to face lectures.

Importance of the Subject for Higher Studies and University Programmes

The emphasis throughout the A Level course is on the understanding of concepts and the application of chemistry ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. Cambridge International AS and A Level Chemistry is ideal for learners who want to study chemistry or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science. Chemistry opens many horizons for you which are not limited to medical or biochemistry field only. One can become an Analytical Chemist, Chemical Engineer, Chemistry Teacher, Forensic Scientist, Geochemist, Hazardous Waste Chemist, Materials Scientist, Pharmacologist, Toxicologist, Water Chemist and many more careers.

The subject is being offered at

Central Region:

A Level Gulberg Campus Lahore, Bahawalpur Campus, Burewala Campus, Chenab Campus Faisalabad, DHA Campus Lahore, Gujranwala Campus, Multan Campus, Ravi Campus Lahore, Sahiwal Campus, Sargodha Campus, Sialkot Campus

Northern Region:

Capital campus, Islamabad, E-11 campus, Islamabad, Rawal Campus, Rawalpindi, Peshawar Campus

Southern Region

PAF Chapter, Gulshan A Level, North Nazimabad A Level, Darakhshan A Level, Jinnah Campus Hyderabad, Quetta Campus


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