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A level Chemistry at Garforth Academy

Course description

Chemistry A-Level can lead to a range of degree courses & career paths. It is viewed highly by many Universities due to its academic rigour. You will develop a range of skills including problem solving & the ability to analyse complex data & abstract scenarios.

Course content

Core Content

Physical Chemistry

  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical Equilibria
  • Oxidation, reduction & redox equations
  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations
  • Equilibrium constant Kp for homogenous systems
  • Electrode potentials & electrochemical cells
  • Acids and bases

Organic Chemistry

  • 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
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Chromatography

Inorganic Chemistry

  • 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 solutions.


Paper 1: Physical & Inorganic Chemistry (Exam) 35% of total grade

Physical chemistry is divided into 12 sections (highlighted below) that are studied over the two year course and are tested across all three papers. The questions require both short and extended responses based around the topics in both the physical and inorganic chemistry sections. These topics will be explored through practical and theoretical sessions during the course.

Paper 2: Physical & Organic Chemistry (Exam) 35% of total grade

This paper again requires a mixture of multiple choice, short and extended responses based around the topics in the physical and organic chemistry sections. The exam will also require students to demonstrate practical knowledge that they will experience in lessons over the two year course.

Paper 3: All content and Practical Skills (Exam) 30% of total grade

This paper mainly tests students’ practical skills looking particularly at techniques and data analysis. However there are also shorter sections that test content from across the specification on any of the outlined topics through a series of multiple choice, short and longer questions.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry and grade 6 in one other GCSE Science Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and 5 English Language

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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