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Two year course.
What will I study?
A Level Chemistry builds on ideas and concepts taught at GCSE. The topics are made interesting and relevant with an emphasis on real life chemistry. As you progress through the course content is revisited, developing your understanding and confidence.
Development of practical skills alongside the theoretical content helps you to gain a wider understanding of Chemistry. As you progress through the course, your practical skills will develop and you will gain greater independence.
You will have access to well-equipped specialist Chemistry labs, allowing you to work in small groups or individually.
The specification is structured in a series of teaching modules which include:
Elements of Life:
- Atomic structure
- Atomic spectra and electron configurations
- Fusion reactions
- Mass spectrometry and isotopes
- The Periodic Table and Group 2 Chemistry
- Bonding and the shapes of molecules
- Chemical equations and amount of substance (moles)
- Ions: formulae, charge density, tests
- Titrations and titration calculations
- Organic chemistry: names and combustion of alkanes, alkenes, alcohols
- Heterogeneous catalysis
- Reactions of alkenes
- Addition polymers
- Electrophilic addition
- Gas volume calculations
- Shapes of organic molecules, σ- and π-bonds
- Structural and E/Z isomers
- Dealing with polluting gases
Elements from the Sea
- Halogen chemistry
- Redox chemistry and electrolysis
- Atom economy
The Ozone Story
- Composition by volume of gases
- The electromagnetic spectrum and the interaction of radiation with matter
- Rates of reaction
- Radical reactions
- Intermolecular bonding
- Nucleophilic substitution reactions
- The sustainability of the ozone layer
What’s in a Medicine
- The chemistry of the –OH group, phenols and alcohols
- Carboxylic acids and esters
- Mass spectrometry and IR spectroscopy
- Organic synthesis, preparative techniques and thin layer chromatography
- Green chemistry
A Level Modules:
The Chemical Industry
- Aspects of nitrogen chemistry
- Equilibrium and equilibrium constant calculations
- Effects of factors on the rate and equilibrium yields of reactions; consideration of the best conditions for an industrial process
- Analysis of costs, benefits and risks of industrial processes
Polymers and Life
- Condensation polymers
- Organic functional groups
- Amines and amides
- Acid–base equilibria
- Amino acid and protein chemistry
- Optical isomerism
- Enzyme catalysis and molecular recognition
- The structure and function of DNA and RNA
- Structural analysis
- Dissolving and associated enthalpy changes
- The greenhouse effect
- Acid–base equilibria and pH
- Solubility products
- Redox titrations
- Cells and electrode potentials
- D-block chemistry
Colour by Design
- The chemical origins of colour in organic compounds
- Aromatic compounds and their reactions
- Dyes and dyeing
- Diazonium compounds
- Fats and oils
- Gas–liquid chromatography
- Carbonyl compounds and their reactions
- Organic synthesis and polyfunctional compounds
Good course combinations
Chemistry works well with Biology, Physics and Maths.
What could it lead to?
Chemistry can lead to a wide variety of careers and higher education courses. It is an essential requirement for entry into Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Science, as well as degrees based on Chemistry itself. Chemistry is also a very useful subject for anyone wanting to do a Biology based degree. Past students have gone on to study Medicine, Veterinary Sciences and Natural Sciences as well as arts subjects.
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