Chemistry A Level

Chemistry A Level

Chemistry A Level

Course outline:

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.

Course structure:

The Chemistry course is divided into the following core units:
Physical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

Required practicals:
Mathematical skills for Chemistry. There are twelve required practicals which you will complete independently.

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. Students are expected to keep a coherent folder of notes, exercises and practical write-ups throughout the course. Background reading should be done on a regular basis as well as keeping up to date with current trends by watching relevant television programmes and reading science magazines.

Chemistry is a highly demanding academic course requiring high level skills in the disciplines of both Science and Mathematics.

Key Facts:

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    Examination Board


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    Two years

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    Minimum entry requirements:

    English and Maths GCSE Grade 5 or above, Science GCSE
    Grade 5 or above

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    Possible combinations:

    • With other Sciences/Mathematics at A-Level
    • For a broader base, with other A-Levels such as Applied Science, Geography, History, Languages, Psychology, Health &
    Social Care

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    Enrichment opportunities:

    Chemistry Olympiad

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    Skills developed:

    • Communication
    • Firm understanding of Health and Safety issues
    • Data-handling
    • Designing experiments
    • Practicals
    • Presentation
    • Processing results and problem solving

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    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

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    Assessment summary:

    100% examination and a pass grade in the CPAC

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