Module 1 – Development of Practical Skills
Chemistry is a practical subject and experimental work helps to develop important practical skills needed to collect and analyse experimental data, as well as enhancing your understanding of chemical theory. It also covers the fundamental skills of planning, implementing, analysis and
Module 2 – Foundations in Chemistry
This module acts as an introduction to the course, covering a wide range of basic chemical concepts, each of which will be studied in more detail in later modules. This module covers atoms, ions, compounds, equations, amount of substance, acids, redox reactions, electrons, bonding, shapes of molecules and intermolecular forces.
Module 3 – Periodic Table and Energy
The focus of this module is inorganic and physical chemistry. It covers trends in the periodic table, reactivity trends in Group 2 and the halogens, enthalpy changes and their determination, rates of reaction and equilibria, including how these concepts are applied in everyday life and in industrial
Module 4 – Core Organic Chemistry
This module provides an introduction to the world of organic chemistry and its application, particularly in the reactions of and synthesis of a wide range of organic compounds, which is incredibly important in the pharmaceutical industry. You will study the basic concepts of organic chemistry,
the properties and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alcohols and haloalkanes, followed by organic synthesis and spectroscopy.
Module 5 – Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
The content of this module builds upon the knowledge and understanding from Modules 2 and 3. In this module, you will cover in more detail rates of reaction, equilibria, acids, bases and pH, buffers and neutralisation, enthalpy, entropy, redox reactions, electrode potentials and transition elements.
Module 6 – Organic Chemistry and Analysis
This module builds upon the content studied in Modules 2 and 4. It introduces several new functional groups, including aromatic compounds, carbonyls, carboxylic acids, amines, amides, amino acids and polymers. It emphasises the importance of further organic synthesis, investigating
different ways of producing organic compounds and multi-step synthetic pathways. It also studies analytical techniques such as chromatography and
NMR spectroscopy, which are used in organic and forensic analysis.
GCSE Science (2 x Grade 6 with a 6 in Chemistry if taken separately). Grade 6 Maths.