A level Chemistry at St Mary's RC High School
Chemistry is, in part, a conceptual subject providing intellectual challenges at many levels. Chemistry of
course is also an experimental science and a range of practical exercises is carried out throughout the
course to illustrate the various aspects studied and to develop your practical skills. Practical coursework
counts towards your final grade and marks are usually fairly easy to gain, so being well organised and
clearly focused during practical sessions is most desirable.
A-Level Chemistry is divided into three main areas:
Organic Chemistry picks up from GCSE Chemistry and develops the Chemistry of carbon and its
compounds. Carbon is unique amongst the elements in the enormous range of compounds it
forms with amazingly diverse properties. Plastics, medicines, petroleum and living systems are all
based upon the Chemistry of carbon.
Inorganic Chemistry is the study of the other elements in the Periodic Table. Individual elements
are not studied to any great extent. Instead, trends and patterns of behaviour amongst groups of
elements are studied.11
Physical Chemistry lays a foundation for the other two areas and focuses on the structure of the
atom, chemical bonding between atoms and the attractive forces between particles. The energy
changes associated with chemical reactions are also an important aspect of Physical Chemistry. A
good understanding of basic mathematics is essential.
Students wishing to take Chemistry at A level should have achieved a minimum grade B in Chemistry(Triple Science) or grade B in Additional Science and at least grade B in Mathematics.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's RC High School directly.