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Chemistry A Level at South Cheshire College

Course description

In Chemistry you will be looking at the properties and behaviour of elements and compounds in various ways. There are 6 units to the A-Level which cover organic, inorganic and physical elements of chemistry. Theoretical and practical elements are both taught and assessed. As the course develops you will be using principles, theories and practical skills to find out and understand more about chemistry and chemicals. Reference is frequently made to the “real world” and how chemistry fits in. Chemistry looks at the use of chemicals and energy, creating new substances and employing the fundamentals of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.

Course content

The A-Level begins with you looking at the properties and behaviour of elements and compounds in various ways:

  • Theory, practical, numerical analysis
  • Bulk properties, molecular properties
  • Bonding patterns
  • Spectroscopy, polymers, energetics

As the course develops you will be using principles, theories and practical skills to find out and understand more about chemistry and chemicals. Reference is frequently made to the "real world" and how chemistry fits in. At the conclusion of A2 virtually 100% of students pass and go on to University.

AS Units:

  • CHEM 1 - Atomic structure, isotopes, electronic arrangement, mass spectrometry, moles as an amount of substance, idea gas equation, formulae and balanced equations, bonding (ionic, covalent and metallic), polarity, intermolecular forces, shapes of molecules, periodicity, basic organic chemistry (nomenclature, isomerism, alkanes).
  • CHEM 2 - Energetics, enthalpy change, Hess' Law, kinetics, collision theory, Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, equilibria, redox reactions, redox state and equations, Group 2 and 7, extraction of metals, haloalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, use of analysis (mass spectrometry and infrared spectroscopy).
  • CHEM 3 - Investigative and practical skills assessment.

A2 Units:

  • CHEM 4 - Kinetics, rate equations, equilibria, Kc, acids and bases, pH, Kw, Ka, buffer solutions, further aliphatic organic chemistry (carbonyls, carboxylic acids, esters), aromatic chemistry, amines, amino acids and proteins, polymers (addition and condensation), disposal of polymers, organic synthesis, further analysis including chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance.
  • CHEM 5 - Thermodynamics, free energy and entropy, further periodicity, redox equilibria, electrochemistry, transition metal chemistry, inorganic aqueous chemistry.
  • CHEM 6 - Further Investigative and practical skills assessment.

Why study Chemistry?

If you're intrigued by experiments and like to see how the world works, then Chemistry is a great subject to pursue. Chemistry is very much an experimental science, dealing with the properties of chemicals and energy. The main aims of Chemists are to make new substances, study their properties and then devise novel uses for them. To do this, chemists employ the fundamentals of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry. 

Entry requirements

Generally, a minimum of 2 GCSEs grade B and 3 grade C, including English and Maths, but applicants will be considered on a case by case basis., , To study this course you will need a GCSE grade B in Chemistry or BB in GCSE Core and Additional Science and grade B in Maths.

Future opportunities

A-Level Chemistry is obviously essential for anyone wishing to study Chemistry at a higher level, but it is also a required A-Level for many degree courses including Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Forensic Science, Environmental Science and Engineering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Cheshire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.