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Chemistry A Level at St Benedict's Catholic High School

Course description

Chemistry is for thinkers, dreamers and doers!  Students who like to think and solve problems will love the challenge of this course. Those who dream of making new discoveries or of changing the world by solving the energy crisis or synthesising a new drug to treat cancer will love the scope of this course.

Course content

AS Level – Physical Chemistry

Atomic structure, Amount of substance, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle, Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

AS Level – Inorganic Chemistry

Periodicity, Group 2, the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17), the halogens

AS Level – Organic Chemistry

Introduction to organic chemistry, Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Organic analysis

The full A level examines all the above and:

Physical Chemistry

Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Equilibrium constant Kc for homogeneous systems, Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells, Acids and bases

Inorganic chemistry

Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, Transition metals, Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic chemistry

Optical isomerism, Aldehydes and ketones, Carboxylic acids and derivatives, Aromatic chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino acids, proteins and DNA, Organic synthesis, Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Chromatography

Entry requirements

We want students who:  Can cope with a challenging course and who have an interest in Chemistry. We want students who can work independently and can absorb detailed information.  Students will need to be resilient and highly motivated.


There will be three two hour papers worth one hundred and five marks for the first two papers and ninety for the third to assess the two years content. There is no coursework but practical understanding will be assessed in the papers.

Future opportunities

The places that A Level Chemistry can take you are legion. Here are a very few: doctor, vet, pathologist, forensic scientist, brewer, nanotechnologist, chemical engineer, cheese maker, systems analyst, the nuclear industry, plastics designer 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2017

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