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Chemistry AS & A Level at Cardinal Newman Catholic School ~ A Specialist Arts and Community College

Course description

Students study a range of Chemistry topics over the broad areas of Physical Chemistry (atomic structure, reaction rates, energetics), Inorganic (non-carbon) and Organic (carbon) Chemistry. A significant proportion of time is taken to developing practical skills including taking and recording results and analysing data. This leads to the ‘Practical Endorsement’ that forms part of the full A Level qualification. Students will also apply mathematical skills to solve problems.

Course content

Over the 2 years you will study topics across the areas of Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry.


  • Physical Chemistry: Atomic structure, bonding, energetics, equilibria, kinetics, oxidation and reduction (REDOX) reactions
  • Inorganic Chemistry: Group 2 and Group 7 elements
  • Organic Chemistry: Naming organic compounds, alkanes, alkenes, halogenoalkanes, alcohols, organic analysis


  • Physical Chemistry: Rates of reaction, thermodynamics, equilibria, electrochemical cells, acids and alkalis
  • Inorganic Chemistry: Period 3 elements, transition metals, ions in aqueous solutions.
  • Organic Chemistry: Carbonyl compounds, aromatic compounds, amines, polymers, amino acids, organic synthesis and analysis.

Entry requirements

An interest in Chemistry is required as well as a Grade B in both Core, Additional Science and Maths. All students must have a minimum of 5 grades A*-C at GCSE.

Future opportunities

A good A Level Chemistry qualification will enable students to access a number of higher education routes, including Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. They will also be able to access higher level apprenticeships.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Newman Catholic School ~ A Specialist Arts and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 December 2016
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