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Chemistry AS & A Level at King George V College

Course description

Many students initially choose to study Chemistry as a means to an end for a career in Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Pharmaceuticals or Dentistry, but find that they are inspired throughout the course to pursue Chemistry and related science courses at degree. Chemistry is a subject which is also valued by university Law departments, due to the analytical and evaluative skills which are developed by the course. As well as these skills, you can expect to gain practical experience with a wide range of experimental techniques. The course is split into Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry topics, which build upon your GCSE knowledge and give you the foundation make informed decisions about the role of chemistry in everyday life!

Course content

From September 2015, the Chemistry course becomes linear which means that all AS exams will take place at the end of the 1st year and all A level exams at the end of 2 years. As the course is co-teachable, it is anticipated that all students will follow the AS specification in the 1st year before moving on to the A level specification in the 2nd year. Both courses are split into 3 distinct areas of chemistry:

  • Physical Chemistry  - Including AS level  topics such as; atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics and equilibria. A level will include; acids and bases, thermodynamics, rate equations and electrochemical cells.
  • Inorganic Chemistry  - Including AS level  topics such as; periodicity, alkaline earth metals and halogens. A level will include; properties of period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals and reactions of ions in aqueous solutions.
  • Organic Chemistry - Including AS level topics such as; halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols and organic analysis. A level will include; NMR spectroscopy, chromatography, polymers, carbonyl compounds, aromatic chemistry, organic synthesis  and a much greater emphasis on biochemistry including amino acids, proteins and DNA.

Entry requirements

You will need to have at least a B grade in Chemistry or Additional Science and a B grade in Maths at GCSE. A keen interest in Chemistry and Science in general are essential but you will also need initiative, perseverance and a strong work ethic to succeed on this demanding course!

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Our students have access to guest speakers and online and written competitions, as well as current journals and periodicals. Chemistry students will also have the opportunity to get involved in the “Chemistry Olympiad” enrichment group.

Future opportunities

Many students initially choose to study chemistry as a means to an end for a career in medicine, veterinary sciences and dentistry but find that they are inspired to pursue chemistry and related science courses at degree level due to the enthusiasm and specialist knowledge of the teachers in the department. 100% of the students who received conditional offers to study chemistry, medicine, dentistry or veterinary science achieved the grades required last year.

Many Law departments also like students who have studied chemistry thanks to their excellent analytical and evaluative skills and there are more and more opportunities opening up for science degrees with a language.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King George V College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years