Students studying Stage 2 Chemistry have chosen one of the most challenging subjects offered at Year 12. The prerequisite for entry is usually a B grade or higher in Stage 1 Chemistry. In Year 12 Chemistry, several new topics are introduced, and the application of concepts to challenging questions becomes a focus. Along with this, the ability to read for understanding, problem-solving, and data analysis are important skills that are further developed.
Our specialist science tutors help students to understand these challenging concepts, as well as working with them on content that they have covered at school.
The Year 12 Chemistry assessment is divided into three main areas:
Assessment Type 1: Investigations Folio (40%)
Assessment Type 2: Skills and Applications Tasks (30%)
Assessment Type 3: Examination (30%)
The Investigations Folio includes practical tasks and an issues study. Skills and Applications Tasks consists of topic tests and trial exams, while the final examination is three hours long and forms a significant part of the assessment.
The topics covered in Stage 2 Chemistry include:
Topic 1: Elemental and Environmental Chemistry
Topic 2: Analytical Techniques
Topic 3: Using and Controlling Reactions
Topic 4: Organic and Biological Chemistry
Topic 5: Materials
A typical Chemistry tuition session consists of several different components. A science tutor will work one-on-one with students to ensure they have understood critical concepts; there will usually be group work, addressing how to tackle complex exam questions; strategies to prepare for extended response questions, drafting of practical reports, drafting of issues studies and source analysis will be discussed and practised; our Chemistry tutors will also support students in completing work set at school, and revising concepts through the completion of practice topic tests. Towards the end of the course, significant time is devoted to exam methodology as the group work through past exam papers under their tutor’s expert guidance.