Chemistry A Level at De Montfort School
- Physical Chemistry tends to cover topics involving chemical calculations. This section builds on some of the content covered in the GCSE course including atoms and electronic structure and the bonding between them. It also introduces new topics such as detailed energy changes in chemical reactions, kinetics and equilibrium.
- Inorganic Chemistry covers the reactions between different elements and compounds. In this section trends in the Periodic table are introduced as more detailed study of the group 2 and group 7 elements.
- Organic Chemistry is most commonly referred to as Carbon Chemistry. Several organic groups such as the Alkanes, Alkenes and the Alcohols are studied during the Year 1 course.
- In the Physical Chemistry section the topics covered in the Year 1 course will be developed and extended. New areas such a electrochemistry and acids and bases will also be introduced.
- Once again the Inorganic Chemistry section builds on the work covered in the Year 1 course. New topics introduced are a more detailed study of the transition metals and the chemistry of colour.
Grade A or higher in Core and Additional Science is essential, although the individual strengths and suitability of each student is also considered. Additionally, good ability in Mathematics and English will also be required.
Students of high academic ability who have a strong work ethic and commitment to their studies are suited to this course. The course also has a strong practical element with many principles taught through experiments and practical investigations.
The course demands a lot of work outside of lessons. There is a large body of information to learn and only through extensive supplementary work outside the lessons (homework, revision and reading around the subject) will pupils be able to reinforce their learning sufficiently to gain the highest grades.
- Paper 1 is a mixture of short and long answer questions covering Physical and Inorganic Chemistry. It is 2 hours long and is a total of 105 marks representing 35% of the A Level.
- Paper 2 is a mixture of short and long answer questions covering Physical and Organic Chemistry. It is also 2 hours long and is a total of 105 marks representing 35% of the A Level.
- Paper 3 is a mixture of question types including multiple choice. It is 2 hours long and is a total of 90 marks representing 30% of the A Level.
Chemistry is an academically challenging course, which is rated very highly by all universities. It is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science. It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Montfort School directly.