Chemistry A level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

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Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

A Level Chemistry is highly regarded by universities and many subjects, such as Medicine make it an entry requirement to their courses. A Level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops scientific skills and knowledge.

Details

First year:
 
Physical: Atomic structure, mole calculations, bonding, energetics, qualitative kinetics and equilibria, including Le Chatelier’s Principle.
 
Inorganic: Periodicity, the chemistry of the Alkaline earth metals (group 2) and the Halogens (group 7).
 
Organic: The reactions of alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols and organic analysis.
 
Second year:
 
Physical: Thermodynamics, rate equations and equilibria constant, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.
 
Inorganic: Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, the reactions of aqueous ions.
 
Organic: Optical isomerism, the reactions of carbonyls and their derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, amino acids and polymers, including protein as well as DNA, NMR spectroscopy and chromatography.

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1: Inorganic and physical chemistry with relevant practical skills (2 hours) 35%.
 
Paper 2: Organic, with relevant physical chemistry and practical skills (2 hours) 35%.
 
Paper 3: Practical skills (2 hours) 30%.
 
There is no separate practical exam as the practical skills will be examined within these papers. However, if 12 practical investigations are completed during the course to a satisfactory level, this will be acknowledged by an A Level Practical Endorsement on the certificate.

Entry requirements

Success at A Level means building on strong results at GCSE and so we require a Grade 7 or above in either Chemistry or Science (Double Award). Chemistry A Level requires a lot of mathematical manipulation; consequently, Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics is strongly advised.
 
To attain good grades in Chemistry you should:
 
• have a curiosity about the subject
 
• be able to work independently as well part of a team
 
• communicate ideas effectively in your written work
 
• research and think critically about chemical problems