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A Level Chemistry at Rutlish School

Course description

Chemistry will appeal to students who are creative problem solvers. You will build up a range of practical skills such as retrieval skills, numeracy and ICT. You will need to work effectively as an individual and as a part of a group, developing independence, team participation and leadership skills.

The skills and attributes that are developed in the study of Chemistry, such as communication, information technology, problem solving, logical analysis and working with others are essential in scientific and numerous other non-scientific disciplines. As a result, many notable individuals outside scientific fields have studied Chemistry at degree levels. Examples include actor Dolph Lundgren—master’s degree in Chemical Engineering; and Baroness Margaret Thatcher, who used her training as a chemist to approach politics “with the mindset of a scientist”.

Past Chemistry students articulate their reason for studying Chemistry: “I have always enjoyed Chemistry and so it was a natural choice for A Level. It goes well with the Maths and Biology that I am also studying and I have found that my Chemistry supports what I am learning in Biology.” “I am very enthusiastic about Chemistry, and find it complex, yet fascinating. Working in a laboratory was an exciting prospect, as I thrive on learning through experiments and enjoy the unpredictability of results and what is going to happen.”

Course content

There are three strands of Chemistry under this 2-year A-level course: Physical, Inorganic, and Organic.

Physical: Atomic structure, Amount of substance, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical equilibria, Redox are topics common to both the AS and A-level qualification. Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Equilibrium constants, Electrochemistry, and Acid-Base equilibria are studied for the A-level course only.

Inorganic: Periodicity, Group 2 metals, Group 7 halogens are topics common to both the AS and A-level qualification. Transition metals, and Reactions of complex ions in aqueous solution are studied for the A-level course only.

Organic: Alkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Halogenoalkanes and Organic analysis are topics common to both the AS and A-level qualification. Optical isomerism, Carbonyl compounds, Polymerisation reactions, Aromatic chemistry, Amines, Organic synthesis, and Spectroscopic analysis are studied for the A-level course only.

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade B in GCSE Chemistry, Biology and Physics. Alternatively, a minimum of B grades in both Core and Additional Science GCSE. Maths and English GCSE grade Bs are also required. Students applying for this course must have a minimum GCSE APS of 44 points.

Assessment

AS: 2 written papers only; on content and practical skills. These are a mixture of multiple choice, long and short answer questions.

A-level: 3 written papers; on content and practical skills. These are a mixture of multiple choice, long and short answer, and synoptic questions. The A-level course also has a pass/fail practical competency component.

Future opportunities

Careers include: forensic science and toxicology, pharmacology, sport science, chemical engineering, veterinary medicine, biological sciences, environmental science, pharmacy and dentistry. Chemistry A level is essential if you have an interest in pursuing a degree in medicine.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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