The Sciences - Chemistry

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics and Combined Science grade 6-6 or grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry.


About This Course

Chemistry is arguably the most important subject a person could study. Everything we come into contact with has its roots in Chemistry; from the ingredients used to make bullet-proof vests to the ingredients in a lipstick or eye liner.  Anyone who likes solving problems would love studying A Level Chemistry.  The finance industry also has an interest in students with an A/AS Level in this subject.

This specification can be sat as either an AS one year course or an A Level two year course, although we recommend all students start by sitting the AS in year 12.

Course Content & Assessment

This course looks at the application of Chemistry and Chemical Techniques and Processes.  There will be ample opportunity for hands-on practical work throughout the course.  Units studied include:

Physical Chemistry Units:

Atomic Structure, Amount of Substance, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical Equilibria, Le Chatelier’s Principle & Kc, Oxidation, Reduction & Redox Equations, Thermodynamics, Rate Equations, Equilibrium Constant Kp for Homogeneous Systems, Electrode Potentials & Electrochemical Cells and Acids & Bases.

Inorganic Chemistry Units:

Periodicity, Group 2; The Alkaline Earth Metals, Group 7(17), The Halogens, Properties of Period 3 Elements & their Oxides, Transition Metals, Reactions of Ions in Aqueous Solution.

Organic Chemistry Units:

Introduction to Organic Chemistry,  Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Organic Analysis, Optical Isomerism, Aldehydes & Ketones, Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives, Aromatic Chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino Acids, Proteins and DNA, Organic Synthesis, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Chromatography.

The AS Level is assessed by two examination papers at the end of year 12 both worth 50%. 

The A Level is assessed by three written papers at the end of year 13 worth 35%, 35% & 30% respectively.


What could this course lead to?

An A Level in Chemistry would allow students to enter many diverse fields including: Medicine, Chemical Sciences, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Chemical Engineering or  Veterinary Sciences.

Chemistry also opens doors to those doing Accountancy and Finance as it is based on similar analytical skills.

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