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Chemistry A Level at Seven Kings School

Course description

From the moment you are born, and throughout your life, you are surrounded by chemistry – the air you breathe, the food you eat and the clothes you wear – they’re all chemistry. Chemistry is the study of substances; what they are made of, how they interact with each other and the role they play in living things. Whether you want to care for penguin colonies in Antarctica or work in a dynamic business environment, chemistry can help you achieve your goals. From research in space, to the depths of the oceans, chemistry helps you understand the world around you and opens up lots of career opportunities. A chemistry qualification can take you almost anywhere.

As a Chemist you could:

  • Make medicines to fight cancer
  • Develop exciting new ice cream flavours
  • Create new make-up and hair products
  • Design marketing campaigns
  • Make new materials for faster computers and more complex mobile phones
  • Protect the environment

There are loads of interesting and rewarding science-based jobs in the lab, outdoors and in other areas you might not have thought of, such as science journalism, patent law and publishing. The skills you develop while studying chemistry mean that you can do a whole range of other jobs as well, such as management, sales and marketing, ICT and finance.

Course content

Chemistry is split into three areas; Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. You will have two teachers for chemistry who, between them, will teach you every aspect of the course.

The A-Level course is more detailed and more in depth than the AS course. The A-Level course also allows you to gain an endorsement for the practical tasks you carry out.

The following courses are covered in each of the three areas:

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

  • 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)

Entry requirements

In order to study 4 subjects at A Level you must have at least 5 A*-As in your GCSEs (A 7 or better counts as one of these)

In order to study 3 subjects at A Level and 1 subject at AS Level you must have at least 6 A*-Bs in your GCSEs (A 6 or better counts as one of these)

In order to study 3 subjects at A Level you must have at least 5 A*-Bs in your GCSEs (A 6 or better counts as one of these)

You must have as a minimum of a 5 or above in English Language and Maths

In order to study a subject at A Level you must have at least a grade B (or a 5) in the subject at GCSE:

To study Accounts you must have a at least a 5 in maths

To study Economics you must have a 5 or above in GCSE English Language

To study Maths you need a 7 in GCSE Maths.  Further Maths will be available to those students who have achieved an 8 at GCSE; if you take Further Maths you will also study an AS level in Maths in another option block, so this means 2 Maths AS levels

To study AS Music you need a Grade 5 in an instrument

To study PE you must have at least a B grade in Core Science

To study Psychology you must have at least 5 in English Language and a B Core Science

To study computer science you must have studied it t GCSE and obtained a B grade

To study 1 Science you must have at least a B grade in the subject chosen and additional science students need at least a B grade on average across the exam elements of their course

To study 2 or more Sciences you must have As in those subjects and combined science students will need As in those subjects chosen

To study Physics you also need a 6 or above in Maths

In order to study a subject you have not previously studied at GCSE you must have at least a 5 in English Language or at least a GCSE grade B in a humanity subject

Assessment

AS Chemistry


Paper 1: Relevant physical chemistry topics, inorganic chemistry and relevant practical skills. Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes; 80 marks; 50% of the AS.

Paper 2: Relevant physical chemistry topics, organic chemistry and relevant practical skills. Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes; 80 marks; 50% of the AS.

A-Level Chemistry


Paper 1: Relevant physical chemistry topics, inorganic chemistry and relevant practical skills. Written exam: 2 hours; 105 marks; 35% of A-Level.

Paper 2: Relevant physical chemistry topics, organic chemistry and relevant practical skills. Written exam: 2 hours; 105 marks; 35% of A-Level.

Paper 3: Any content and any practical skills. Written exam: 2 hours; 90 marks; 30% of A-Level.

Future opportunities

When combined with other Science subjects and Mathematics, Chemistry leads to a number of different careers, including  Dentistry, Pharmacy, Medicine, Research and Engineering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Seven Kings School directly.

Last updated date: 09 March 2017
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