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Chemistry A Level at Beaminster School

Course description

This rigorous and challenging course is designed to give students an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of Chemistry in the modern world and is both rewarding and well regarded amongst university admissions tutor and future employers.  Students will develop the ability to take an informed interest in scientific matters, whilst recognising the limitations of scientific method and building up advanced practical skills.  They will acquire skills and abilities not only relevant to Chemistry but also which are useful in everyday life. 

A Level Chemistry is an excellent bases for university degrees in healthcare such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry, as well as the biological sciences, Physics, mathematics, pharmacology and analytical chemistry.  Chemistry is taken by many law applicants as it shows you can cope with difficult concepts, and can also complement a number of arts subjects.

Course content

Year 1 (AS and A Level)

Module 1 Development of practical skills in chemistry Practical skills assessed in a written examination and in a practical endorsement

Module 2 Foundations in Chemistry Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations.  Amount of substance.  Acid-base and redox reactions.  Electrons, Bonding and structure.

Module 3 Periodic table and energy The periodic table periodicity.  Group 2 and the halogens.  Qualitative analysis.  Enthalpy changes.  Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative).

Module 4 Core organic chemistry Basic concepts. Hydrocarbons.  Alcohols and haloalkanes.  Organic synthesis.  Analytical techniques (IR and MS).


Year 2 (A Level)

Module 1 Development of practical skills in chemistry practical skills assessed in a written examination and in a practical endorsement.

Module 5 Physical chemistry and transition elements Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative). pH and buffers Enthalpy,  entropy and free energy.  Redox and electrode potentials.  Transition elements.

Module 6 Organic Chemistry and analysis Aromatic compounds.  Carbonyl compounds. Carboxylic acids and esters.  Nitrogen compounds.  Polymers. Organic synthesis. Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR).

Entry requirements

 GCSE Chemistry (Grade B) + one other

Separate Science (Grade B)


Core and additional science (Grade B) and GCSE Maths (Grade B).

Students who have not gained this grade may be considered at the discretion of the Head of 6th Form.


AS: Breadth in Chemistry 70 marks, 90 mins, 50%.  Depth in Chemistry: 70 marks, 90mins, 50%.

A Level: Written papers 1&2 100 marks, 2 hrs 15 mins, 37%.  Written paper 3 70 marks, 1 hr 30 mins, 26%.

Students will carry out assessed practical tasks throughout the course and attain a separate “Practical endorsement” for these skills alongside their A-Level.



Future opportunities

A range of career opportunities in the chemical, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and in areas such as forensics, environmental protection and healthcare are available.  The problem solving skills are useful for many other areas, too, such as law and finance.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beaminster School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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