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Chemistry at Trinity Catholic School

Course description

AQA A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge. The 2015 specification will help to inspire students, nurture their passion for chemistry and lay the foundations for further study and the workplace.

During the course you will investigate how and why substances behave as they do. The social, economic, environmental and technological applications of Chemistry are also stressed.

Our objective is to ensure that learning is enjoyable, and enhances a candidate‚Äôs enthusiasm for chemistry.  We believe in learning through practical.  Wherever possible, our students carry out experimental work to illustrate the theoretical principles covered in the course.

Course content

Practical work is an important part of the course and your practical skills will be continuously assessed. In the Upper Sixth there is a special study which looks at a particular area of Chemistry in depth.

 

Topics covered at AS.

(Please note that at A2, all of the AS topics are examined with additional topics included in all areas).

 

3.1 Physical chemistry

  • 3.1.1 Atomic structure
  • 3.1.2 Amount of substance
  • 3.1.3 Bonding
  • 3.1.4 Energetics
  • 3.1.5 Kinetics
  • 3.1.6 Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier's principle
  • 3.1.7 Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

 

3.2 Inorganic chemistry

  • 3.2.1 Periodicity
  • 3.2.2 Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • 3.2.3 Group 7(17), the halogens

 

3.3 Organic chemistry

  • 3.3.1 Introduction to organic chemistry
  • 3.3.2 Alkanes
  • 3.3.3 Halogenoalkanes
  • 3.3.4 Alkenes
  • 3.3.5 Alcohols
  • 3.3.6 Organic analysis

 

 

 

Entry requirements

GCSE Science and Additional Science grade BB and Mathematics grade B.

Or Chemistry GCSE (from the Separate Science Course) grade B and Mathematics grade B

Assessment

Examination

Component

Weighting

 

AS

  • Unit 1 Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 and 3.1.7)
  • Inorganic chemistry (section 3.2)
  • Relevant practical skills

 

50% of AS

  • Unit 2 Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6)
  • Organic chemistry (section 3.3)
  • Relevant practical skills

 

50% of AS

 

A2

  • Unit 1: Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 to 3.1.8 and 3.1.10 to 3.1.12)
  • Inorganic chemistry (section 3.2)
  • Relevant practical skills

 

35% of A Level

  • Unit 2: Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6 and 3.1.9)
  • Organic chemistry (section 3.3)
  • Relevant practical skills

 

35% of A Level

  • Unit 3:  Any content
  • Any practical skills

 

30% of A Level

 

Future opportunities

Suggested career paths

  •  Scientific journalism
  • Scientific Research
  •  Illustration and Animation
  •   Education and Community
  •   Medicine / Pathology
  •  Forensic Science
  •   Veterinary Science
  •   Dentistry

Further information

Skills developed

  •  Communication
  •   Data Analysis
  •  Team Work
  • Research
  •  Report Writing
  •  Logical Reasoning
  • Practical
  • Problem Solving
  • Note Making
  • Numeracy

For more information, please contact Amanda Woodward or Steve Albon in  Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 17 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: AQA

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