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Chemistry A Level at Tollbar Academy

Course description

Chemistry B (Salters) is a context-led approach. Learners study Chemistry in a range
of different contexts, conveying the excitement of contemporary Chemistry. Ideas
are introduced in a spiral way with topics introduced in an early part of the course
reinforced later. It places a particular emphasis on an investigational and problem-
solving approach to practical work.
AS contains five storylines topics:
• Elements of life;
• Developing fuels;
• Elements from the sea;
• The ozone story;
• What’s in a medicine?
(EL) Elements of Life -
A study of elements and compounds in the universe, the human body and in salt
deposits. The chemical ideas in this module are: atomic structure, atomic spectra and
electron configurations; mass spectroscopy and isotopes; fusion reactions; chemical
equations and amount of substance (moles); titrations and titration; calculations; the
periodic table and Group 2 Chemistry; ions: formulae, charge density, tests; bonding
and the shapes of molecules.
(DF) Developing Fuels -
A study of fuels, what they consist of, how energy involved in their combustion is
measured and the contributions that chemists make to the development of better
The chemical ideas in this module are: gas volume calculations; thermochemistry;
homogeneous catalysis; organic chemistry: names and combustion of alkanes,
alkenes, alcohols; structural and E/Z isomers; shapes of organic molecules, σ- and
π-bonds; reactions of alkenes; addition polymers; electrophilic addition; dealing with
polluting gases.
(ES) Elements from the Sea -
A study of the extraction of halogens from minerals in the sea, together with a study of
the properties and uses of these elements and their compounds.
The chemical ideas in this teaching module are: Halogen Chemistry; Redox Chemistry;
(OZ) The Ozone Story -
A study of important processes occurring in the ozone layer of the atmosphere.
The chemical ideas in this module are: rates of reaction; radical reactions;
intermolecular bonding; haloalkanes; nucleophilic substitution reactions; the
sustainability of the ozone layer; the electromagnetic spectrum and the interaction of
radiation with matter.
(WM) What’s in a Medicine?
A study of medicines such as aspirin, leading to much functional group Chemistry and
methods of analysis. The chemical ideas in this module are: the chemistry of the -OH
group, phenols and alcohols; carboxylic acids and esters; thin layer chromatography;
mass spectroscopy and IR spectroscopy.
The A Level course contains the five topics above as well as the following:
• The Chemical industry;
• Polymers and life;
• Oceans;
• Developing metals;
• Colour by design.
(CI) The Chemical Industry -
A study of how chemists use industrial processes to benefit mankind. The chemical
ideas in this module are: equilibrium and equilibrium constant calculations; kinetics;
an overview of the effects of factors on the rate and equilibrium yields of reactions,
leading to a consideration of the best conditions for an industrial process; aspects of
nitrogen chemistry; a discussion of the costs of an industrial process, including hazards
and the effect of these processes on society.
(PL) Polymers and life -
A study of condensation polymers, proteins and enzymes. DNA and its use in
synthesising proteins. The chemical ideas in this module are: acid-base equilibria;
enzyme catalysis and molecular recognition; optical isomerism; the use of proton and
carbon-13 NMR to study structure; amines and amides; condensation polymers; amino
acid and protein chemistry; the structure and function of DNA and RNA.
(O) Oceans -
A study of the role of the oceans in dissolving substances and maintaining pH. The
chemical ideas in this module are: dissolving and associated enthalpy changes;
solubility products; acid-base equilibria and pH; entropy; the greenhouse effect.
(DM) Developing metals -
A study of the reactions and properties of the transition metals. The chemical ideas
in this module are: cells and electrode potentials; d-block chemistry; redox titrations;
colorimetry; rusting.
(CD) Colour by design -
A study of dyes and dyeing and the use of chemistry to provide colour to order. The
chemical ideas in this module are: carbonyl compounds and their reactions; organic
synthesis and polyfunctional compounds; the chemical origins of colour in organic
compounds; aromatic compounds; fats and oils; dyes and dyeing.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto this A Level Chemistry course you will need at least 2 A grades in GCSE Science or an A grade in GCSE Chemistry

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tollbar Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years