Chemistry A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code CA3
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

The A level course in chemistry offered at Chapeltown Academy is for the duration of two years and is taught in modern dedicated science laboratories and offers a broad introduction and insight into to the three branches of chemistry: organic, inorganic and physical.

Chemistry is a practical subject and experimental work helps to develop important practical skills as well as enhancing your understanding of chemical theory. Practical work also covers the skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.

Details

During the first AS year, we cover topic areas such as: atoms, molecules, ions and compounds, chemical equations, oxidation and reduction, bonding, intermolecular forces, shapes of molecules, energetics, kinetics and equilibria before moving onto inorganic chemistry which covers trends in the alkaline earth metals and the halogens. We also study the basic concepts of organic chemistry, including how to name organic molecules and study the properties and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, haloalkanes and alcohols.

In the second year we cover topic areas such as: acids and bases, pH, buffers, transition metals, electrochemistry and further organic chemistry which includes: aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, aromatic chemistry, amines and polymers. We then study the different analytical methods to identify unknown organic substances.

Why study chemistry?

By studying chemistry students can open up a wide range of careers that offer both a rewarding and innovative occupation and one that will be in demand regardless of the economic situation.

For many university courses such as: chemical engineering, medicine and related fields, dentistry, veterinary medicine, biochemistry, pharmacy, forensic science and the many different career pathways associated with chemistry, it is considered an essential A level to have.

If you don’t already have a career in mind and enjoy problem solving and working with graphs and data tables and enjoy laboratory practical work and have an acceptable level of mathematical skills, then it might just be the A level for you.

How will it be delivered?

Please click on the following link for this information.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405/specification-at-a-glance


Entry requirements

The Academy’s general entry criteria of a minimum of five 4s at GCSE applies, including English Language and Maths. A minimum of 5 in Chemistry GCSE (or two grade 5s if you have done double award science at GCSE), is needed to study Chemistry at A Level.

Grade 5 in Maths is also desirable.

Your next steps...

Chemistry is exciting, there’s no doubt about it. As one of the three main branches of science, its impact is wide-reaching and impressive. Through chemistry we have made great discoveries, such as penicillin and pasteurisation, and made the modern world possible with inventions including plastic and lithium ion batteries. Chemistry plays a role in almost every action on earth, and in every object we touch. It’s the study of substances, and their composition, structure, and properties.
Chemical scientists are leading research on the world’s most pressing concerns, including challenges around human health, climate change, and energy. They use their scientific, problem-solving, and analytical talents to pioneer new medicine, technologies, and discoveries. They’re consulted in fields as broad as engineering, nuclear power, and space travel – working at the forefront of science is thrilling and challenging in equal measure.

Maths is an integral part of chemistry, and you will use it throughout your studies. However, not all courses will require you to have a qualification higher than GCSE or Scottish Standard Grade. Many providers will offer support and chances to improve your skills through further study.

Maths is an integral part of chemistry, and you will use it throughout your studies. However, not all courses will require you to have a qualification higher than GCSE or Scottish Standard Grade. Many providers will offer support and chances to improve your skills through further study.

Chemistry will open the doors to countless careers, both in the lab and out of it, and people who have studied chemistry are employed in many sectors, including medicine research, manufacturing, and education.
Chemical scientists have a higher employment rate than students of other subjects, and they tend to be paid more too ­– up to 15 per cent higher in some cases! Over 70 per cent of chemistry students will enter a professional or managerial role when they have finished their studies and double the UK average go on to further study. *
Common career choices for chemistry students are:
analytical chemist
laboratory technician
medicinal chemist
production chemist
research chemist
environmental scientist
Chemistry students, through further study, often move into careers such as:
pharmacology
chemical engineering
biochemistry
Your skills will also make you highly employable for roles in:
forensics – e.g. using chromatography to help catch criminals
ecology
teaching
law – such as a solicitor or legal secretary
food science – e.g. using titration to determine how much salt or sugar is in a product