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A Level Chemistry at Saint Gregory's Catholic College

Course description

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.

Course content

Chemical Storylines:

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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