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Chemistry

Course Overview

A Level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge, built upon the knowledge gained at GCSE level.

The course is broken down into Inorganic, Physical and Organic Chemistry. In Year 12 the foundations of each of these sections are taught and then they are developed in Year 13.

Entry Requirements

To study Chemistry at A Level students must have achieved a minimum of grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry or grade 6-6 in GCSE Trilogy Science. There is a significant amount of mathematical content in the course so students should have also achieved a minimum of grade 7 in Mathematics at GCSE.

A Level Topics and Assessment

  1. Thermodynamics
  2. Rate equations
  3. Equilibrium constant, Kc
  4. Electrode potentials
  5. Acids and bases
  6. Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
  7. Transition metals and their ions
  8. Optical isomerism
  9. Aldehydes and ketones
  10. Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  11. Aromatic chemistry
  12. Amines
  13. Polymers
  14. Amino acids, proteins and DNA
  15. Organic synthesis
  16. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

AQA Exam

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Length

Written Exam: 2 Hours

Written Exam: 2 Hours

Written Exam: 2 Hours

Weighting

105 marks in total 35% of A Level

105 marks in total 35% of A Level

90 marks in

total 30% of A Level

Beyond the Classroom and Future Prospects

During the summer of Year 12, A Level Chemistry students have the opportunity to take part in the Nuffield Research Placement in a University or centre of scientific research. A Level Chemistry is essential for degrees in medicine, veterinary science and dentistry and can open up a range of careers and higher education courses in optometry, physiotherapy, pharmaceutical sciences, forensic science, biomedical and biological sciences, environmental health and food sciences. A Level Chemistry can also help gain direct entry into employment, especially into the scientific and related sectors, with the transferable skills of problem solving and analysis.

Student Experience

I really enjoyed A Level Chemistry because it allowed me to develop my practical skills whilst exploring the science behind every day life.

Eve, who completed A Level Chemistry in 2017.