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AS/A2 Chemistry at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

We follow the AQA Chemistry course which is made up of three units at AS level and three units at A2 level.

Students will study areas of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry, including analytical analysis.

Experimental work is a key feature of the A level Chemistry course.

AS Level Physical Chemistry - Atomic Structure, Amount of Substance, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical Equilibria, Redox Reactions Inorganic Chemistry - Periodicity, Group 2, Group 7 Organic Chemistry - Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Organic Analysis

A2 Level Physical Chemistry - Thermodynamics, Rate Equations, Equilibrium Constants, Electrode Potentials and Electrochemical Cells, Acids & Bases Inorganic Chemistry - Period 3 elements and their oxides, Transition Metals, Reactions of Ions in Aqueous Solution Organic Chemistry - Optical Isomerism, Aldehydes and Ketones, Carboxylic Acids and derivatives, Aromatic Chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino Acids, Proteins and DNA, Organic Synthesis, NMR Spectroscopy, Chromatography.

How will I be assessed ?

The AS Chemistry course is assessed by two written exams, with both exams being taken in June.

Each unit is worth an equal amount of the AS qualification and is made up of a series of multiple choice questions and then a series of long answer questions. Practical work is also integral to the course and is examined within the two written papers.

The A2 Chemistry course is assessed independently of the AS course. The A2 course culminates in three written exams at the end of the two years.

Unit 1 and Unit 2 are worth 35% each.

Unit 3 is worth 40% of the course and is a synoptic paper that could ask questions on any part of the course.

Practical work is also integral to the course and is examined throughout the three written papers.

Who should do this course ?

You should be enthusiastic about Chemistry and the sciences and be committed to working hard and persevering.

Those with particular career ambitions, such as medicine, veterinary science, dentistry or pharmacy would be strongly advised to study Chemistry at both AS and A2 level.

How is the course delivered ?

This course is delivered by a team of six specialist teaching staff.

There is a balance between theory and practical work.

What equipment will I need ?

Students would be expected to have a scientific calculator to use in lessons. The department provides students with lab coats, safety glasses and text books, although students are welcome to buy their own.

What next ?

An A level in Chemistry can lead directly to a job or to a course of further study at University.

Recent students have progressed to courses in Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, Teaching and Environmental Science. 

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take A level Chemistry should have five GCSE A*-C grades, with preferably a B or higher in Chemistry or Additional Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bluecoat Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1- 2 years