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Chemistry

A-Level

Studying A-Level Chemistry can lead to a variety of careers. This includes a career in the chemical industry, chemical research, engineering, medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, food science, nursing and many more. Chemistry is the science of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter.  A-Level Chemistry students will develop a broad understanding of atoms and compounds and study in detail the interactions of some chemical substances.  You will apply your knowledge of chemical systems to a range of contexts and apply your mathematical knowledge from GCSE to a variety of contexts.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade B in Higher Tier preferably including additional and/or triple science.

Year 1

Module 1: Development of practical skills

Covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course

Module 2: Foundations in chemistry

Covering concepts required throughout the remaining modules.

Modules 3: Periodic table and energy

The periodic table and periodicity, group 2 and the halogens, qualitative analysis, enthalpy changes reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative).

Module 4: Core organic chemistry

Basic concepts, hydrocarbons,  alcohols and haloalkanes, organic synthesis, analytical techniques (IR, MS).

Year 2

Module 1: Development of practical skills

Covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course

Module 2: Foundations in chemistry

Covering concepts required throughout the remaining modules.

Module 3: Periodic table and energy

The periodic table and periodicity, group 2 and the halogens, qualitative analysis, enthalpy changes reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative).

Module 4: Core organic chemistry

Basic concepts, hydrocarbons,  alcohols and haloalkanes, organic synthesis, analytical techniques (IR, MS).

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements

Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative), pH and buffers, enthalpy, entropy and free energy, redox and electrode potentials, transition elements.

Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis

Aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids and esters, nitrogen compounds, polymers, organic synthesis, chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR).

A-Level Year 1

Exam 1 – Breadth in Chemistry (01) | One hour and 30 minute written paper | 50% of total level
Exam 2 – Depth in Chemistry (02) | One hour and 30 minute written paper | 50% of total level

Both exams will assess content from all four modules.

A-Level Year 2

Exam 1 – Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01) | Two hour and 15 minute written paper | 37% of total A-Level (100 marks)
Exam 2 – Synthesis and analytical techniques (02) | Two hour and 15 minute written paper | 37% of total A-Level (100 marks)
Exam 3 – Unified Chemistry (03) | One hour and 30 minute written paper | 26% of total A-Level (70 marks)

Exams will assess content from a combination of modules 1-6. There is also a coursework element, namely the Practical Endorsement in Chemistry. This is non-exam assessment and is reported separately as a grade.

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Chemistry: A*-A - 25%

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