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Chemistry A Level at London Academy of Excellence

Course description

Challenge yourself regularly by researching the
latest in scientific discoveries, and by reading
around what you’re studying in lesson in books,
magazines and online.We want you to start
discussions with us about the topics you find
intriguing, and for you to develop your own
love of Biology to rival ours.

Course content

Why do two chemicals react to release
energy, but another two chemicals react and
absorb energy?Why do differentmolecules
have different boiling points?Why are some
substances blue and others colourless? AS
Chemistry builds on the knowledge and
understanding developed atGCSE. You will
integrate theory with experimental work, and
develop your investigation skills as well as build
your knowledge base.
At AS you will learn a detailedmodel for
atomic structure and electron arrangement.
You will unearth and explain patterns in the
Periodic Table. You will learn to calculate how
much of one substance reacts with another,
and howmuch product can be expected to
be produced by the reactions. You will learn
how tomake reactions happenmore quickly
ormore slowly, or not at all. You will learn how
tomake substances from rawmaterials and
you will discover how to turn onemolecule into
another. You will see how chemists design new
materials tomeet the needs of themodern
world, and you will find out howmedicinal
chemists design drugs to alleviate previously
untreatable diseases.

To learn about future developments in
Chemistry you will need to discover a little
about the history of the subject: where we are
going in Chemistry is built on the foundations
of where we have come from. The foundations
of physical Chemistry (the principles of
thermodynamics) and organic Chemistry (the
Chemistry of living things, and the area in
which August Kekulé was a key thinker) will
be laid.

Entry requirements

It does notmatter whether you are studying
separate Sciences or Dual Award: ensure that
you learn the concepts you have studied up to
Year 11 in depth, in particular about covalent
and ionic bonding. Always attempt extension
questions, and take time to readmore about
the Periodic Table, so that you can explain
how and why it looks like it does today.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact London Academy of Excellence directly.

Last updated date: 09 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years