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Chemistry A Level at The Trinity Catholic School

Course description

1 Chemistry for Life
Written examination – 30% of AS, 15% of A-Level
2 Chemistry of Natural Materials
Written examination – 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level
3 Chemistry in Practice
Contorlled Assessment – 20% of AS, 10% of A-Level
Unit 1
Elements of Life
The Periodic Table and Group 2 chemistry, bonding and the shapes of
molecules, radioactivity: fission and fusion, chemical equations and amount
of substance
Developing Fuels
Thermochemistry, organic chemistry: alkanes, structural isomers,
introduction to entropy, dealing with polluting exhaust emissions.
Unit 2
Elements from the Sea:
Halogen chemistry, redox chemistry, Periodic Table & electron
configurations, intermolecular forces, halogenoalkane chemistry, industrial
The Atmosphere
Giant covalent structures, rates of reaction, chemical equilibria, radical
reactions, the effect of radiation with matter.
Polymer Revolution.
Reactions of alkenes & alcohols, addition polymerization, E/Z isomerism,
hydrogen bonding;
Unit 3
Students complete short controlled assessment tasks. There are 4 skills,-
measuring, analsysis, observation and interpretation, and there are up to 3
attempts at each skill- the best mark from each skill counts.

4 Chemistry of Materials
Written examination - 30% of A2, 15% of A-Level
5 Chemistry by Design
Written examination – 40% of A2, 20% of A-Level
6 Individual Investigation
Coursework - 30% of A2, 15% of A-Level
Unit 4
What’s in a Medicine
Phenols, carboxylic acids, esters,
carbonyl compounds, acid–base
reactions, medicine manufacture
& testing, IR spectroscopy & mass
Materials Revolution
Condensation polymers, amines &
amides, the properties & disposal of

The Thread of Life
Rates of reaction, enzyme catalysis,
optical isomerism, amino acid &
protein chemistry, the structure and
function of DNA.
The Steel Story
Redox reactions, electrode potentials,
d-block chemistry, colorimetry.
Unit 5
Agriculture & Industry
Equilibrium & equilibrium
constant, the best conditions &
the costs of an industrial process,
including hazards & their effect on
Colour by Design
The chemical origins of colour in
transition metal, organic & aromatic
compounds, analysing pigments and
oils, dyes and dyeing.
The Oceans
The chemistry of dissolving, acid–
base equilibria & pH, entropy,
disposing of carbon dioxide.
Medicines by Design
Molecular recognition, computer
modelling & design of drugs.

Unit 6
Students complete a practical investigation into a topic that interests them.
They plan the experiments, record results and then anlayse and evaluate their

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Trinity Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 05 November 2014

Key information

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