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A Level Chemistry at The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls

Course description

Module 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry            

Skills: Planning, Implementing, Analysis, Evaluation.

Practical use and apparatus & techniques.

Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy                                             

Periodicity, Group II, Group VII, Qualitative analysis, Enthalpy changes, Reaction Rates, Chemical Equilibrium.

Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements              

Rate of Reaction (quantitative), Chemical Equilibrium (quantitative), Acids, Bases & Buffers, Lattice Enthalpy, Enthalpy & Entropy, Redox & Electrode Potentials, Transition Elements, Qualitative analysis.                                              

Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry

Atomic Structure, Compounds formulae & equations, The Mole, Acids, Redox, Electrons, Bonding & Structure.

Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry

Basic Concepts, Alkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Haloalkanes. Organic Synthesis I, Analytical Techniques I

Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

Carbonyl compounds, Carboxylic acids, Esters, Aromatic Chemistry, 

Amines, Amino Acids, Amides, Chirality, Condensation Polymers, Nitriles, Organic Synthesis II, Analysis II – Chromatography, Chemical tests, IR, Mass Spectroscopy & Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

Course content

1. Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry

Assesses any learning objectives from Modules 1,2,3 & 5


Written Exam 2 hours 15 minutes

100 marks


2. Synthesis and analytical techniques

Assesses any learning objectives from Modules 1,2,4 & 6


Written Exam 2 hours 15 minutes

100 marks


3. Unified Chemistry

Assesses content from all modules (1-6)


70 marks


4. Practical Endorsement in Chemistry

The details of this are still to be confirmed by Ofqual.


No Examination for this Component

Reported Separately


Entry requirements

GCSE Chemistry B

GCSE Core  B & Additional Science B

Mathematics C

English Language C

Future opportunities

Chemistry is an essential A-Level for almost all Science/Medical degrees in various fields including Food and Nutrition, Textiles, heavy chemicals, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, petrochemicals and metallurgy to name a selection.

Careers in Medicine, Veterinary work and various research posts also demand Chemistry at A-Level. Chemistry is also a very highly valued and respected A Level when applying for courses and positions inside and beyond the Science field.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years