Chemistry is the study of matter, reactions and particles. It focuses on how these particles interact, how interactions can be sped up and some of the fundamental rules governing our lives. Realise it or not, deep down we are all chemists. Every time we light a match, boil an egg or simply breathe in and out, we perform a chemical reaction. Our bodies grow, develop and function entirely as a result of the chemical processes that go on within them. Our clothes and nearly all the objects of our everyday life are manufactured by the chemical transformation of raw materials like oil, iron ore, or by the chemical treatment of natural products like wood or wool.
The Chemistry A-Level course helps students develop a number of skills:
• How to collect data and evaluate it
• How to investigate facts and use deduction
• How to put over your point of view effectively
• How to take responsibility for your own learning.
A-level Chemistry opens a whole new world of opportunities. Universities are crying out for students to choose this A-Level subject as a springboard to many different and aspirational careers. University courses A-level Chemistry could lead to include; chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy, medicine, food science, chemical engineering and forensic science. It could also lead to a career in sports science, biomechanics, archaeology, food technology, architecture, engineering, geology, space exploration industries, medicine and meteorology.
The AS course is a one year course which is comprised of three units:
• Physical Chemistry - Atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding energetics, kinetics, equilibria and redox.
• Inorganic Chemistry - Periodicity, group 2 and group 7 of the periodic table
• Organic Chemistry - Alkanes, haloalkanes, alkenes, alcohols and organic analysis
The A-Level is a two year course which is comprised of three units in addition to the AS units:
• Physical Chemistry - thermodynamics, rate equations, Kc and acids and bases
• Inorganic Chemistry - period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals and reactions of ions
• Organic Chemistry - organic synthesis, complex organic molecules, polymers and amino acids, proteins and DNA
• The AS is assessed after one year with two written exams lasting 1 hour 30 minutes each and each exam carries equal weighting. There is no coursework. Practical skills are taught throughout the course with allocated exam marks based on practical skills.
• The A Level is assessed after two years with three written exams lasting 2 hours each and each exam carries equal weighting. There is no coursework. Practical skills are taught throughout the course with allocated exam marks based on practical skills.
GCSE Grade B in Core Science and Additional Science OR GCSE Grade B in Chemistry and Biology if Triple Science is taken. GCSE Grade 6 in English and Maths.