Chemistry AS/A2 Level at St Mary's Catholic High School
Chemistry is, in part, a conceptual subject providing intellectual challenges at many levels. Chemistry of course is also an experimental science and a range of practical exercises is carried out throughout the course to illustrate the various aspects studied and to develop your practical skills.
A-Level Chemistry is divided into three main areas:
Organic Chemistry picks up from GCSE Chemistry and develops the Chemistry of carbon and its compounds. Carbon is unique amongst the elements in the enormous range of compounds it forms with amazingly diverse properties. Plastics, medicines, petroleum and living systems are all based upon the Chemistry of carbon.
Inorganic Chemistry is the study of the other elements in the Periodic Table. Individual elements are not studied to any great extent. Instead, trends and patterns of behaviour amongst groups of elements are studied.
Physical Chemistry lays a foundation for the other two areas and focuses on the structure of the atom, chemical bonding between atoms and the attractive forces between particles. The energy changes associated with chemical reactions are also an important aspect of Physical Chemistry. A good understanding of basic mathematics is essential.
Students wishing to take Chemistry at A level should have achieved a minimum grade B in Chemistry (Triple Science) or grade B in Science and Additional Science. All applicants must also achieve at least grade B in Mathematics.
Many of our past students have successfully chosen career paths that require a chemical qualification including medical, dental, veterinary science, biological sciences, material sciences and pharmacy. But in the rapidly changing 21st century, a chemistry qualification can take you anywhere – and demonstrates you have the qualities to succeed in both scientific and non-scientific careers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's Catholic High School directly.