Chemistry is the study of atoms and molecules. Their structure, bonding, properties, reactions, interactions and uses.
The course covers the following areas
- amount of substance,
- Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier's principle and Kc
- Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
- Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
- Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
- Acids and bases
- Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
- Group 7 (17), the halogens
- Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
- Transition metals
- Reactions of ions in aqueous solution
- Alkanes and Alkenes
- Optical Isomerism
- Amino acids, proteins and DNA
- Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
- Aldehydes and ketones
- Organic synthesis
- Aromatic chemistry
To achieve an A Level qualification students will complete three 2 hour examinations in June of the second year of study.
Continuous assessment will be used to inform the student's progression into Year 13 and their registration for the A Level Chemistry exam.
Grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths and Grade 6 or above in GCSE Chemistry or Grade 6-6 or above in GCSE Combined Science
Students can progress onto a wide range of courses at universities including Oxford and Cambridge. Chemistry can lead to careers in chemical sciences, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, biological sciences, engineering and environmental sciences. Some will also go onto non-science related courses and careers such as accountancy where their achievements in science A Levels have served to develop key skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking.
Many undergraduate courses are very happy to recruit students who have been successful in their science A Levels as these courses are known to be difficult.