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Chemistry A Level at Tytherington School

Course description

From the moment you are born, and throughout your life, you are surrounded by Chemistry - the air you breathe, the food you eat and the clothes you wear - they’re all Chemistry. Chemistry is the study of substances; what they are made of, how they interact with each other and the role they play in living things. Whether you want to care for penguin colonies in Antarctica or work in a dynamic business environment, Chemistry can help you achieve your goals.

From research in space, to the depths of the oceans, Chemistry helps you understand the world around you and opens up lots of career opportunities.

The skills developed on the course include
· Practical competence and laboratory methods
· Analytical and problem-solving techniques
· Research and presentational skills
· Working as a member of a team
· Independent learning and wider reading

Course content

AS Level
AS Chemistry is made up of the three AS modules.

Physical Chemistry: Atomic Structure, Equilibria
Inorganic chemistry: Periodicity, Group 2, Group 7
Organic chemistry: Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Organic analysis

A Level
In addition to the above, the course covers:

Physical Chemistry: Electrode Potentials and Acid/Base Calculations

Inorganic Chemistry: Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, Transition metals, Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic Chemistry: Optical isomerism, Aldehydes and Ketones, Carboxylic acids and derivatives, Aromatic chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino acids, proteins and DNA, Organic synthesis, Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Chromatography

Entry requirements

Minimum B grade in Chemistry or both Sciences at GCSE.
Minimum B grade in Mathematics at GCSE.


Students will be awarded a separate pass/fail endorsement of their practical skills at the end of the AS/A Level course.

AS Level

2 written examinations
Each lasting 1 hour 30 mins
Each worth 50% of AS

Paper 1 Inorganic and Relevant Physical Chemistry
Paper 2 Organic and Relevant Physical Chemistry

A Level

3 written examinations
Each lasting 2 hours

Paper 1 35%
Inorganic and Relevant Physical Chemistry

Paper 2 35%
Organic and Relevant Physical Chemistry

Paper 3 30%
Synoptic Paper Assessing the whole course


Future opportunities

A good grade in A level Chemistry is an essential requirement of many degree courses including Medicine, Dentistry, Chemical Engineering, Forensics, Pharmacy and Biochemistry.

The analytical nature of the course makes it highly regarded as an ‘A’ level discipline and acceptable as a qualification for entering Higher Education to study subjects as diverse as Law, Economics, Accountancy, Engineering, Archaeology and Psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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