There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practicals will be assessed.
There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-Level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-Level Chemistry are based on what you learned in your practicals.
5 hours per week in class. 4-5 hours per week outside of class.
Chemistry, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:
• measuring energy changes in chemical reactions
• tests for identifying different types of compound
• different methods for measuring rates of reaction
• studying electrochemical cells
• preparation of organic solids and liquids
• an advanced form of chromatography for more accurate results.
Upon completing this course you will be equipped to move into university, a higher apprenticeship or into work.
Possible degree options include Chemistry, Biology, Preclinical medicine, Mathematics and Pharmacology.
Possible career options include analytical chemist, chemical engineer, clinical biochemist, pharmacologist, doctor, toxicologist or environmental consultant.
Students are expected to buy their own course text books, folders and stationery.
They may wish to bring their own lab coats and safety glasses for practical work, but the college does have shared equipment which is cleaned and replaced regularly.
A-level Chemistry builds on the work done in GCSE Science and Maths, so you’ll need good GCSE results from both. Written communication is also important and you’ll need to be a strong writer. If you’re interested in studying Chemistry after your GCSEs, ask your teacher about the qualifications you’ll need.
A-level chemistry is taught in a modern chemistry lab. You will be taught by well qualified staff in a pleasant and relaxed learning environment where high standards are expected. On completion of the course you may wish to seek employment in a scientific environment or study science at university.
If you enjoy chemistry at school and are interested in a career or further studies in science then A-level chemistry will give you the skills you need to progress further.
The course is not modular. A range of topics in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry are studied in both years.
Topics covered in the first year comprise:
Including atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle.
Including periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens.
Including introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis.
Topics covered in the second year comprise:
Including thermodynamics, rate equations, the equilibrium constant Kp, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.
Including properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution.
Including optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids,
proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography.