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Chemistry A Level at Wednesfield High Specialist Engineering Academy

Course description

This course will try to give you the skills and understanding to make decisions about the way chemistry affects your everyday life. You will apply concepts into contemporary areas of chemistry including: climate change, green chemistry, pharmaceuticals, chemistry research.

Handling data will be a key part of your work, allowing you to demonstrate information retrieval skills as well as use of numeracy and ICT.

You will build up a range of practical skills that require creativity and accuracy as well as developing a firm understanding of health and safety issues.

As you become more skilled you will take responsibility for selecting appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods, recording your observations and findings accurately and precisely as well as critically analysing and evaluating the methodology, results and impact of your own and others’ experimental and investigative activities.

Course content

Year 12

Module 1 - Development of practical skills in chemistry Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

Module 2 - Foundations in chemistry Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations; amount of substance; acid– base and redox reactions; electrons, bonding and structure.

Module 3 - Periodic table and energy Group 2 and the halogens; qualitative analysis; enthalpy changes; reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative).

Module 4 - Core organic chemistry Basic concepts; hydrocarbons; alcohols and haloalkanes; organic synthesis; analytical techniques (IR, MS).

Year 13

Module 5 - Physical chemistry and transition elements Reaction rates and equilibrium; pH and buffers; enthalpy, entropy and free energy; redox and electrode potentials; transition elements.

Module 6 - Organic chemistry and analysis Aromatic compounds; carbonyl compounds; carboxylic acids and esters; nitrogen compounds; polymers; organic synthesis; chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR).

Entry requirements

GCSE B in Chemistry

Assessment

Year 12

Both exam papers contain some synoptic assessment, some extended response questions and some stretch and challenge questions.

Paper 1 = can assess content from modules 1-4. Total mark is out of 70. Section A is multiple choice (20 marks). Section B has short answer and extended response questions, including calculations (50 marks).

Paper 2 = can assess content from modules 1-4. Total mark is out of 70 and has short answer and extended response questions, including calculations.

Year 13

All three exam papers contain some synoptic assessment, some extended response questions and some stretch and challenge questions.

Paper 1 and 2 = each out of 100. Section A is multiple choice (15 marks). Section B has short answer and extended response questions, including calculations (85 marks).

Paper 3 = can assess content from modules 1-6. Total mark is out of 70 and has short answer and extended response questions, including calculations.

There is a non-exam assessment = Practical Endorsement for Chemistry = Pass/Fail Non-exam (Reported Separately)

Future opportunities

Chemistry A Level is essential or very useful for: Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biology (and Biology related subjects).

Many chemistry graduates pursue a career in industry. We live in an age of molecular technology which ensures that chemistry graduates are in demand across the pharmaceutical, chemical, materials and biotechnology industries.

Career paths include research and development, environmental monitoring, forensic science and management.

Science journalists have a vital role to play as intermediaries between science and the public. They have a crucial role in explaining the complexities of the latest discoveries in pure and applied science, whether working for television, the internet or newspapers.

The commercial sector is a large employer of chemistry graduates. The analytical and problem solving skills developed during a chemistry degree are highly regarded and there are many opportunities for ‘fast track’ careers in the public sector, law, management and consultancy.

Chemistry graduates are highly sought after by the teaching profession, which offers stimulating and rewarding careers for those looking to inspire the next generation.

Other graduates pursue careers in universities, studying to PhD level, going on to cutting edge research and teaching undergraduates. In summary, chemistry helps us to understand the world and having a chemistry degree opens up a world of opportunities.

There has never been a more exciting time to study chemistry!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wednesfield High Specialist Engineering Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 June 2016
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