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Chemistry A Level at Southend High School for Girls

Course description

What will you learn at AS?
You will learn about atomic structure, bonding, trends in
the periodic table, organic chemistry, reaction mechanisms
and analytical techniques. Some of these are areas that
you have studied in GCSE chemistry, however, you now have
the opportunity to develop your understanding further and
begin to make sense of the world around you. Set practicals
will be carried out throughout the year, and these will be
the focus of questions in the final examinations.
What will you learn at A2?
You will study the same content as the AS chemists for the
first year of your course then in your second year you will
extend your knowledge further by studying topics including
Thermodynamics, further organic chemistry looking at
carbonyl compounds, biological molecules and their
chemical properties, Brnsted-Lowry theory of acids,
kinetics and further analytical techniques that are carried
out by Chemists.


Entry requirements

Grade A or higher in GCSE Triple Science (Chemistry) or an
A grade in Additional Science


There will be examinations sat at the end of the course,
and these will include questions based on the techniques
mastered during practical aspects. The course is synoptic
so many links will be made back to previous topics covered.
A mark for practical skills will be awarded separately at the
end of the course for those that have shown a high degree
of competence in the experiments carried out over the
duration of the course.

Future opportunities

At current time, there are over 200 university courses which
accept A level Chemistry. There are many Chemistry based
courses to study at university including Applied Chemistry,
Chemical Engineering, Medicinal Chemistry, Organic and
Inorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmacology.
Grade A in A level Chemistry is mandatory for the study of
medicine, veterinary science and dentistry. Many Biological
courses require A level Chemistry and it can also support
those that are interested in Physics and Mathematics.

Law is another course that can accept A level Chemistry as it
shows that you are able to apply yourself to difficult concepts.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southend High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years