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Chemistry

Syllabus Title: Chemistry

Examination Board: Edexcel

 Assessment Outline: 3 examination papers and 12 core practicals

  •  Paper 1: Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry- 1 hour 45 mins (30%)
  •  Paper 2: Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry- 1 hour 45 mins (30%)
  •  Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Chemistry- 2 hours 30 mins (40%)

The topics studied in A-level chemistry are split into three areas: physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and will be taught across the two years by two teachers. They are:

  • Atomic Structure and The Periodic Table
  • Bonding and Structure
  • Redox
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table
  • Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance
  •  Energetics
  •  Kinetics
  •  Equilibrium
  •  Acid-base Equilibria
  •  Transition Metals
  •  Modern Analytical Techniques

Studying A level Chemistry

In the first year we’ll develop your A level understanding and give you a clear foundation to this higher-level study. You’ll learn about physical, inorganic and organic chemistry. You will also undertake a series of practicals to develop your skills. In the second year you will take the foundation topics and study them in further depth. Topics will include thermodynamics, rate equations, aromatic chemistry and synthesis. You will also have the opportunity to further develop your practical skills and learn how to problem solve and interpret data. This course will teach you problem solving, teamwork, numeracy, communication and practical skills, as well as hugely valuable independent study and reasoning skills. Our purpose built laboratories are well equipped and maintained providing you with a state of the art learning environment.

Entry Requirements:

  •  Grade 6 or above in Chemistry or 6-6 or above in Combined Science
  •  Grade 6 in Maths

Future Career Options:

A level Chemistry will prepare you for a future in chemistry, pharmacy, pharmacology, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry. It will help build logical thinking and problem solving skills that will be vital to any future career in areas such as Business, Management, Industry or Research.