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Chemistry (A Level) at Roundhay School All through education from 4 to 18

Course description

Chemistry underpins everything in our modern lifestyle. For example, it is chemistry that enables us to convert crude oil into petrol, plastics and fibres. There are few things that we use which have not, at some stage been made, processed or monitored by chemists. The chemical and pharmaceutical industries are two of the largest employers in the manufacturing industries. Chemists are also employed in related areas such as biotechnology and electronics, as well as many other areas. Employers and universities recognise the value of training in logical thought, numerical and communications skills and the general science education that Chemistry provides.

Chemistry course explores the fundamental principles that form the basis of chemistry such as atomic structure, bonding, periodicity and an introduction to organic chemistry. It also looks at the applications of these principles and develops the concepts and principles introduced through topics such as equilibria, polymers, aromatic chemistry, thermodynamics, energetic chemistry and inorganic chemistry


Course content

This qualification is linear

Subject content

3.1 Physical chemistry

  • 3.1.1 Atomic structure
  • 3.1.2 Amount of substance
  • 3.1.3 Bonding
  • 3.1.4 Energetics
  • 3.1.5 Kinetics
  • 3.1.6 Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier's principle
  • 3.1.7 Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
  • 3.1.8 Thermodynamics (A-level only)
  • 3.1.9 Rate equations (A-level only)
  • 3.1.10 Equilibrium constant Kc for homogeneous systems (A-level only)
  • 3.1.11 Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells (A-level only)
  • 3.1.12 Acids and bases (A-level only)

3.2 Inorganic chemistry

  • 3.2.1 Periodicity
  • 3.2.2 Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • 3.2.3 Group 7(17), the halogens
  • 3.2.4 Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides (A-level only)
  • 3.2.5 Transition metals (A-level only)
  • 3.2.6 Reactions of ions in aqueous solution (A-level only)

3.3 Organic chemistry

  • 3.3.1 Introduction to organic chemistry
  • 3.3.2 Alkanes
  • 3.3.3 Halogenoalkanes
  • 3.3.4 Alkenes
  • 3.3.5 Alcohols
  • 3.3.6 Organic analysis
  • 3.3.7 Optical isomerism (A-level only)
  • 3.3.8 Aldehydes and ketones (A-level only)
  • 3.3.9 Carboxylic acids and derivatives (A-level only)
  • 3.3.10 Aromatic chemistry (A-level only)
  • 3.3.11 Amines (A-level only)
  • 3.3.12 Polymers (A-level only)
  • 3.3.13 Amino acids, proteins and DNA (A-level only)
  • 3.3.14 Organic synthesis (A-level only)
  • 3.3.15 Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (A-level only)
  • 3.3.16 Chromatography (A-level only)




Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements

Students must achieve a minimum of 5 subjects at GCSE grades 4 or above - please see the prospectus for further subject specific entry requirements


A-Level Chemistry: 3 papers

Paper 1
Written exam: 2 hours.
105 marks of short and long answer questions.
35% of A-level

What's assessed

Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 to 3.1.8 and 3.1.10 to 3.1.12)
Inorganic chemistry (section 3.2)
Relevant practical skills

Paper 2
Written exam: 2 hours.
105 marks of short and long answer questions.
35% of A-level

What's assessed
Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6 and 3.1.9)
Organic chemistry (section 3.3)
Relevant practical skills


Paper 3
Written exam: 2 hours.
90 marks: 40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis; 20 marks of questions testing across the specification; 30 marks of multiple choice questions.
30% of A-level

What's assessed

Any content and any practical skills


Future opportunities

Chemistry can open pathways to many careers either through a university or modern apprenticeship route.


Examples of subjects where Chemistry is desirable are: Chemistry; Teaching; Chemical Engineer; Pharmacy; Medicine; Dentistry; Veterinary; Biochemistry; Forensics; Public protection; and many more, too numerous to list here.

Further information

To discuss the course, contact Mr P Hurst Head of Science.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Roundhay School All through education from 4 to 18 directly.

Last updated date: 25 September 2018
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