A Level Chemistry at Saint Gregory's Catholic College
This course aims to extend your knowledge of Chemistry and is designed to be taught in context. The course will take you on a journey through ten storylines, while introducing chemical concepts in a spiral approach. These storylines focus on contemporary chemical contexts and range from concerns about the ozone layer to the development of new medicines. Students will also get a chance to develop investigative and problem solving skills, alongside the development of hands-on practical skills.
1) Elements of life. Topics include: atomic structure, chemical equations and the mole, titrations, the periodic table, Group 2 chemistry, bonding and the shapes of molecules.
2) Developing fuels. Topics include: thermochemistry, catalysis, alkanes, alkenes, addition polymers, isomerism and dealing with polluting gases.
3) Elements from the sea. Topics include: halogen chemistry, redox chemistry and equilibrium.
4) The ozone story. Topics include: rates of reaction, radical reactions, intermolecular bonding, haloalkanes and the ozone layer.
5) What’s in a medicine? Topics include: chemistry of the OH group, carboxylic acids and esters and analytical techniques (TLC, MS and IR).
6) The chemical industry. Topics include: equilibrium, kinetics, nitrogen chemistry, consideration of the costs and effects of chemistry processes.
7) Polymers and life. Topics include: enzyme catalysis, amino acid and protein chemistry, proton and carbon-13 NMR and the structure and function of DNA and RNA.
8) Oceans. Topics include: enthalpy changes, entropy, acid-base equilibria, PH and the ‘greenhouse effect’.
9) Developing metals: Topics include: redox tritations, cells and electrode potentials, rusting, d-block chemistry and colorimetry.
10) Colour by Design. Topics include: origins of colour in organic compounds, dyes, aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds and organic synthesis.
Students will have a minimum of a grade B in GCSE Chemistry or grade BB in Additional Science and have enjoyed the GCSE course. A good grasp of mathematics is also essential - minimum of grade B in GCSE Mathematics is required.
Chemistry touches almost every aspect of human life – from food to drugs and forensics to building. Further study could be a degree in Chemistry, Medicine or Biological Sciences. Chemistry is seen as an enabling A Level in a vast range of courses.
AS Level: Papers 1 and 2 will assess any content from Modules 1 –5, as well as any practical skills.
A2 Level: Papers 1, 2 and 3 will assess any content from Modules 1 –10, as well as any practical skills.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Gregory's Catholic College directly.