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Chemistry AS & A Level at Sir John Deane's College

Course description

Chemistry is the study of substances. Everything around you involves chemistry and chemists help unlock some of the biggest challenges faced by the world today from the fight against cancer to tackling environmental issues.

The exciting course involves laboratory practical investigations, analysis and group-work to develop your understanding.

Course content

At first you will build on topics covered in GCSE including materials (structure, bonding, electron configurations) and physical chemistry (rates of reaction, equilibrium and energy changes). You will cover the core principles of organic chemistry as well as modern analytical methods (mass spectrometry and infra-red spectrometry).

Later you will study further organic chemistry and analytical techniques, including chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

You will also broaden your knowledge of physical and inorganic chemistry, including rates, equilibrium, entropy and electrode potentials.


100% examination. 

Financial information

Each year we enter a team in the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Analyst practical competition. There is also an opportunity to enter the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge and the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad.

Future opportunities

A qualification in chemistry is highly valued and leads to a wide variety of careers in the chemical industry, public services, teaching, technical writing and patent law.

Chemistry is an essential subject for those wishing to study medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy and dentistry

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Deane's College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years
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