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Chemistry at Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form

Course description

Many of the challenges facing society today will be overcome with the help of chemists. Chemistry is helping us to live more sustainably, is contributing towards the development of new low carbon energy sources and is helping to improve human health in a changing world.


Chemistry is a highly thought of A-Level course. It encourages your thinking skills and shows that you are a logical thinker who can solve problems and apply knowledge to new situations.

For this reason, employers and Universities have a high opinion of people who have taken Chemistry A-Level.

You will also build up a range of practical skills that require creativity and accuracy as well as developing a firm understanding of health and safety issues—and yes, you’ll get to wear a lab coat!

Course content

First year of A-level:


Physical chemistry: Including atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc.


Inorganic chemistry: Including periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens.


Organic chemistry: Including introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis.


Second year of A-level:


Physical chemistry: Including thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant (Kp) for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.


Inorganic chemistry: Including properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution.


Organic chemistry: Including optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography.

There is also a non-exam assessment 'Practical Endorsement' for chemistry which is teacher assessed and is awarded a Pass/Not Classified grade. This is reported separately and does not contribute to the final A level grade.


Entry requirements

A GCSE average of at least 5, including at least a 6 in Additional Science (or Chemistry if separate sciences have been taken).


100% exam.

Future opportunities

A-Level Chemistry is a must for degrees in medicine, veterinary science and dentistry and can open up a range of careers and higher education courses in optometry, physiotherapy, pharmaceutical sciences, forensic science, biomedical and biological sciences, environmental health and food sciences. A-Level Chemistry can also help gain direct entry into employment, especially into the scientific and related sectors. If you have a Chemistry A Level, employers know you can think, solve problems and don’t give up when things get difficult. Many Chemistry graduates are offered jobs in banking and finance because of this.

Further information

Course Leader:


Andrew Ball

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years