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Chemistry at Queen Mary's Grammar School

Course description

This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:
  • gain hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills
  • appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory
  • develop an enthusiasm for Chemistry
  • demonstrate a synoptic understanding
  • study Chemistry in a contemporary context.

Course content

The specification is arranged into the traditional three branches of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry.

Physical chemistry
Including atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle, oxidation, reduction and redox equations, thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant (Kc) for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells, acids and bases.

Inorganic chemistry
Including periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens, properties of period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

Organic chemistry
Including introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis, optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography.

Assessment

This is a linear qualification; this means that students will sit all three of the A-level exams at the end of their two year A-level course.

A-level Paper 1
2 hour exam
35 % of the A-level
105 marks of long and short answer questions covering a mixture of inorganic chemistry and physical topics as well as practical skills learned throughout the course

Paper 2
2 hour exam
35 % of the A-level
105 marks of long and short answer questions covering a mixture of organic chemistry and physical topics as well as practical skills learned throughout the course

Paper 3
2 hour exam
30 % of the A-level
40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis
20 marks of questions testing across the specification
30 marks of multiple choice questions Practical

Assessment: A-level grades will be based only on marks from written exams. A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will
be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams.

Future opportunities

Chemistry A level can lead to many different degree courses such as chemistry, pharmacy, biochemistry and chemical engineering; it is a prerequisite for medicine, veterinary science and dentistry degrees. However, it also appreciated by admissions tutors in many other subjects, including law, due to its logical discipline.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Mary's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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