Chemistry, A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Code SS11
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Studying A Level Chemistry will give you insight into the physical universe. Chemistry touches every aspect of our lives from the bodily functions within us to the atmosphere around us.

Through the work carried out by leading scientists in this field, we are able to make advances in many areas of life. Whether that’s finding more sustainable way of harnessing energy or making medical advancements.

Chemistry is often referred to as a central science as it combines physics, biology, mathematics and medicine. Through Chemistry we are able to explain biological and physical phenomena that cannot be understood through one science alone.

A Level Chemistry could be the first step through a rewarding academic journey at university and beyond. You could find yourself in a chemistry or biology related degree depending on what you choose to follow. If you’re eager to make sense of the world alongside other brilliant minds, A Level Chemistry is a step in the right direction.

A Level Chemistry will cover the fundamentals of Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. You’ll cover a range of topics to help you decide where you want your career to go.

By the end of your studies you’ll have gained an understanding of important theories and principles of chemistry. As well as developed your critical thinking and analytical skills.


Details

Physical Chemistry is the study of the physical structure of chemical compounds. You’ll explore how chemicals react with one another and the bonds that hold them together. Physical Chemistry is used in everyday life whether that’s baking or in medicinal fields. The knowledge we have gained from Atomic structure. This part of the course will cover:

• Amount of substance

• Bonding

• Energetics

• Kinetics

• Chemical equilibria

• Oxidation

• Thermodynamics

• Rate equations

• Equilibrium constant

• Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells

• Acids and bases

Inorganic Chemistry is concerned with the properties and behaviour of inorganic compounds, which include metals, minerals, and organometallic compounds. Typically, an inorganic compound is a chemical compound that lacks carbon-hydrogen bonds. This part of the course will cover:

• Periodicity

• Alkaline earth metals

• Halogens

• Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides

• Transition metals

• Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Inorganic chemistry is used to study and develop catalysts, coatings, fuels, surfactants, materials, superconductors, and medicines.

Organic chemistry is a branch of chemistry that studies the structure, properties and reactions of organic compounds, which contain carbon in covalent bonding. These structurally diverse compounds vary from naturally occurring petroleum fuels to DNA and the molecules in living systems. Many of these compounds are used as drugs, medicines and plastics. This part of the course will cover:

• Introduction to organic chemistry

• Alkanes

• Halogenoalkanes

• Alkenes

• Alcohols

• Organic analysis

• Optical Isomerism

• Aldehydes and ketones

• Carboxylic acids and derivatives

• Aromatic chemistry

• Amines

• Polymers

• Amino acids, proteins and DNA

• Organic synthesis

• Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

• Chromatography

There is a broad range of sectors for employment within organic chemistry including, industry, healthcare and research.


How will it be delivered?

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.


 

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Entry requirements

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

 

Your next steps...

A Level Chemistry allows you to develop your understanding of chemistry by delving deeper into the subject than at GCSE. Through your studies you’ll form independent theories and areas of interest which you could take further at university and beyond.

Because of the broad range of topics you’ll cover you’ll be able to make an informed decision on your trajectory. A Level Chemistry can be the first step in helping you realise your ambitions in achieving an exciting job role. If you continue your journey after A Level Chemistry you could find yourself in a rewarding career such as:

• Analytical, Formulation, Medicinal or Process Chemist

• Biotechnologist

• Chemical Engineer

• Drug Discovery and Chemical Industries

• Environmental, Forensic or Materials Scientist

• Food Technologist

• Geochemical Engineer

• Nanotechnologist

• Pharmacologist

• Science Writer

• Scientific Laboratory Technician

• Teacher

• Toxicologist

These job roles stretch across multiple industries and can have you working on some ground-breaking areas of science and technology.