Chemistry A Level
In this course you will study key chemical ideas. The first year will cover Physical and Inorganic Chemistry. The topics will include atomic structure, kinetics, thermodynamics, acids and bases, the periodic table, Alkaline and Transition metals.
The second year will continue with Physical Chemistry but will include Organic Chemistry. Topics covered include Alkanes, Alkenes, Aldehydes, Ketones, Aromatic Chemistry, amino acids, proteins and DNA.
The assessment is linear with three exam papers at the end of the second year. the test will include questions relating to practical skills and data handling.
The Chemistry course is divided into the following core units:
Mathematical skills for Chemistry.
On this course you will learn about the fundamentals of chemistry, such as atomic structure, chemical bonding, organic chemistry and intermolecular forces. Lessons are activity-based and include practical work, designing experiments, data-handling, problem solving and identifying trends and making predictions. Some activities are designed to develop your study skills, particularly note-taking and making summaries and carrying out research using secondary sources.
Lessons are taught within the context of the world around us i.e. developing fuels for the future and understanding the greenhouse effect.
Chemistry is a highly demanding academic course requiring high level skills in the disciplines of both Science and Mathematics.
Minimum entry requirements:
English and Maths GCSE Grade 5 or above, Science GCSE Grade C or above
• With other Sciences/Mathematics at AS/A Level
• For a broader base, with other AS/A Levels such as Applied Science, Geography, History, Languages, Psychology, Health & Social Care
• Designing experiments
• Processing results
Likely next step opportunities:
• Higher Education for a degree course in Chemistry
• Higher Education for dentistry, engineering, biology, food science, forensic science, pharmacy, veterinary science, medicine
• To employment in occupations associated with the above