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Chemistry A Level at Prudhoe Community High School

Course description

Physical chemistry

  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
  • Thermodynamics (A-level only)
  • Rate equations (A-level only)
  • Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems (A-level only)
  • Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells (A-level only)
  • Acids and bases (A-level only)

Inorganic chemistry

  • Periodicity
  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • Group 7(17), the halogens
  • Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides (A-level only)
  • Transition metals (A-level only)
  • Reactions of ions in aqueous solution (A-level only)

Organic chemistry

  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis
  • Optical isomerism (A-level only)
  • Aldehydes and ketones (A-level only)
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives (A-level only)
  • Aromatic chemistry (A-level only)
  • Amines (A-level only)
  • Polymers (A-level only)
  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA (A-level only)
  • Organic synthesis (A-level only)
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (A-level only)
  • Chromatography (A-level only)

Assessment

Students will sit three two hour external exams at the end of Year 13.

During the course, along with other practical work, students will carry out 12 assessed practicals which will lead to the students being awarded their practical skills endorsement.

  • Chemistry Paper 1: (105 marks) Students will complete short and long answer questions on the topic areas in physical chemistry and inorganic chemistry. Questions will be knowledge based; as well as drawing on the practical work that students have completed throughout the course.
  • Chemistry Paper 2: (105 marks) Students will complete short and long answer questions on the topic areas in physical chemistry and organic chemistry. Questions will be knowledge based; as well as drawing on the practical work that students have completed throughout the course.
  • Chemistry Paper 3: (90 marks) Students will complete 40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis as well as 20 marks of short and long answer questions and 30 marks of multiple choice questions testing all topic areas across the specification.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 March 2017

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