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Chemistry at John Kyrle High School & Sixth Form Centre

Course description

What’s it all about? If you enjoyed chemistry at GCSE, you’ll love this course. In two years, you’ll get a real in-depth knowledge of this fascinating subject, preparing you for further education or giving you the credentials to enhance your job options straight away. Chemists have greatly improved the quality of life for the majority of people. This A Level course is underpinned by the practical skills that we call ‘How Science Works’. You also find out how chemists are real innovators, designing solutions to the problems that affect modern life.


What topics are covered? In the first AS year there are three learning units. Unit 1 is designed to give you the skills you’ll need for the rest of the course. You’ll cover foundation subjects like atomic structure, periodicity and core organic chemistry. Then in Unit 2 you’ll work up to topics like kinetics, organic reaction mechanisms and analytical techniques. Unit 3 happens throughout the year and is dedicated to investigative and practical skills.


The second year follows a similar format. Unit 4 introduces you to topics including equilibria, natural and synthetic polymers and aromatic chemistry. Unit 5 covers thermodynamics, energetics and inorganic chemistry, and Unit 6, like Unit 3, is the practical, hands-on part of the A2 year.

Entry requirements

Core and Additional Science GCSE grade C or above, but due to the rigours of the course, grade B or above is preferred. You also need to be well organised and have good study skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Kyrle High School & Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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