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Chemistry at Greenshaw High School

Course description

Almost every problem facing the world today, such as an outbreak of a flu pandemic,
alternative energy sources, or making a wonder drug to cure cancer, will require chemistry and chemists to find the answers. Chemistry is key in the understanding of advances in technology such as analytical techniques, polymers and the environment. The course provides an interesting and challenging experience to link key chemical ideas and understand how they relate to each other.

Course content

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations.
Amount of substance.
Acid–base and redox reactions.
Electrons, bonding and structure.

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
The Periodic table and periodicity.
Group 2 and the halogens.
Qualitative analysis.
Enthalpy changes.
Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative).

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
Basic concepts.
Hydrocarbons.
Alcohols and haloalkanes.
Organic synthesis.
Analytical techniques (IR, MS).

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative).
PH and buffers.
Enthalpy, entropy and free energy.
Redox and electrode potentials.
Transition elements.

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis
Aromatic compounds.
Carbonyl compounds.
Carboxylic acids and esters.
Nitrogen compounds.
Polymers.
Organic synthesis.
Chromatography andspectroscopy (NMR).

Entry requirements

Grade B or higher in chemistry (or core/additional or further additional science). Also a
grade B or higher in GCSE Mathematics.

Future opportunities

Research, pharmaceuticals, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, material science, chemical engineering, medicine, forensic science, dentistry, radiography, pharmacy, archeology, optometry, nursing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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