Chemistry A-Level at Lancaster Girls' Grammar School
"I chose chemistry because I want to study Medicine at University and also because I find it really interesting. It works well with Physics because there is a lot of crossover between the courses. At the moment I am enjoying chemistry a lot- I love doing the practicals and although the theory is hard, it’s always interesting. In particular, I have enjoyed doing titrations because they fun and practical, but still involve learning a skill to be able to get an accurate result. For Year 11 students thinking of studying chemistry, I would say that it’s definitely not an easy subject but it is fun and interesting. If you put a bit of work in it’s really satisfying and you learn a lot. I would definitely recommend it."
The A-level Chemistry specification is changing. The new specification will be taught for the first time from September 2015.If you would like to research it further, please search for Chemistry 7404 on the AQA website. In the Lower Sixth you will study the following topics:
- 3.1 Physical chemistry
- 3.1.1 Atomic structure
- 3.1.2 Amount of substance
- 3.1.3 Bonding
- 3.1.4 Energetics
- 3.1.5 Kinetics
- 3.1.6 Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier's principle Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
- 3.2 Inorganic chemistry
- 3.2.1 Periodicity
- 3.2.2 Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
- 3.2.3 Group 7(17), the halogens
- 3.3 Organic chemistry
- 3.3.1 Introduction to organic chemistry
- 3.3.2 Alkanes
- 3.3.3 Halogenoalkanes
- 3.3.4 Alkenes
- 3.3.5 Alcohols
- 3.3.6 Organic analysis
We do have a minimum requirement of five grade Bs or higher at GCSE. English Language (minimum Grade C) is also required. There are also entry requirements linked to most AS subjects (usually grade B or better). Admission to Year 13 is currently set at 3 grade Ds from your AS results.
Grade A in GCSE separate Science Chemistry, or Grade A in Additional Science. and Grade B in GCSE Mathematics. Grade B in GCSE English Language.
There is a diverse range of options available after studying an A-level in Chemistry. Some Upper Sixth Form students move on to study a degree in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Natural Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering or a related Science. Other students study A-level Chemistry teamed with a Language or a Humanities subject and then move on to university to study Law, Languages or an Arts./ Humanities degree.
Apprenticeships, for example with EDF, are also a future option.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster Girls' Grammar School directly.