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Chemistry A2 Level at Samuel Lister Academy

Course description

Chemistry is a core requirement for subjects like Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Optometry and other rewarding professions such as engineering and chemical engineering.

Course content

Unit 1:

  • Particles, composition of the nucleus, isotopes and ise of mass spectrometer
  • Calculating the amount of substance
  • Ionic, covalent and metallic bonding and intermolecular forces
  • The construction of the periodic table
  • Organic chemistry
  • Alkanes from crude oil.

Unit 2:

  • Collision theory and effect
  • Definitions of oxidation and reduction
  • Redox properties of halogens and halide ions
  • The extraction of metals
  • Halalkanes and Alkenes

Unit 4

  • Acids and bases
  • Nomenclature and Isomerism in organic chemistry
  • Compounds containing the carbonyl group
  • Amines; base properties and nucleophilic properties
  • Polymers
  • Organics synthesis and analysis

Unit 5

  • Thermodynamics
  • Periodicity; reactions of Period 3 elements
  • Redox equilibria
  • General properties of transition metals

Entry requirements

Students should achieve a minimum of grade B at GCSE level in core science and additional applied science.  Other candidates not achieving these grades will be considered but at the discretion of the Head of Science.  Maths at Grade B would be an advantage as the chemistry course has a large proportion of mathematical content.


AS chemistry comprises of 3 units. 2 written papers which are externally assessed and 1 practical exam which is internally assessed in June. unit 1 is assessed in January and June and Unit 2 is assessed in June and contribute 33% and 46% respectively to the overall AS grade. Unit 3 evaluates the students practical skills and contributes 20% to the overall assessment. This is internally assessed.

A2 chemistry comprises of 3 units - At A2 level the specification develops concepts of physical chemistry and spectroscopic techniques to determine the molecular formulae and structures of organic compounds. Candidates will continue to be assessed through PSA, gaining credit for work done in routine class practicals. Unit 4 is assessed in January and June and Unit 5 is assessed in June and both contribute 20% of the overall A Level grade. Unit 6 evaluates the students practical skills and contributes 10% to the overall assessment. This unit is internally assessed. 50% of the marks attained at AS level contribute to the overall A2 grade.

Future opportunities

University, Professions such as Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Optometry and Engineering.

Further information

To succeed students must be self motivated and conduct a large amount of independent study away from their lesson times. An A grade student (grade A is needed for most medical schools) would spend half an hour every evening and 4 hours at the weekend on independent study throughout the AS/A2 academic term. Successful students must achieve a good balance of organisation, discipline, prioritisation, addressing weaknesses, reinforcing work studied, preparation for next lessons, good attendance at classes and most of all effort (hours) in class and at home.

For further information, please contact Mrs Gogliormella, Head of Science at Aire Valley School.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Samuel Lister Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year