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Chemistry A Level (level 3) at Wrotham School

Course description

This is a two year course which will result in a single A Level. This can be taken in a combination with other level 3 courses (including A level and vocational).

Course content

Topics covered:

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, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc

3.1.7 Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

3.1.8 Thermodynamics  

3.1.9 Rate equations

3.1.10 Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems  

3.1.11 Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells  

3.1.12 Acids and bases

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

3.2.4 Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides

3.2.5 Transition metals

3.2.6 Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

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

3.3.7 Optical isomerism

3.3.8 Aldehydes and ketones

3.3.9 Carboxylic acids and derivatives

3.3.10 Aromatic chemistry

3.3.11 Amines

3.3.12 Polymers

3.3.13 Amino acids, proteins and DNA

3.3.14 Organic synthesis

3.3.15 Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

3.3.16 chromatography



Paper 1

What's assessed

•• 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

How it’s assessed

•• written exam: 2 hours

•• 105 marks

•• 35% of A-level


105 marks of short and long answer questions


Paper 2

What's assessed

•• Relevant Physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6 and 3.1.9)

•• Organic chemistry (Section 3.3)

•• Relevant practical skills

How it’s assessed

•• written exam: 2 hours

•• 105 marks

•• 35% of A-level


105 marks of short and long answer questions


Paper 3

What's assessed

•• Any content

•• Any practical skills

How it’s assessed

•• written exam: 2 hours

•• 90 marks

•• 30% of A-level


40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis

20 marks of questions testing across the specification

30 marks of multiple choice questions

Entry requirements

6 in GCSE chemistry or 6 in science and 6 in additional science are required. In addition to this, grade 6 is preferred in mathematics GCSE although grade 5 will be considered.         


100% Examination.

All students taking A level science will have to complete 12 required practicals in each science subject. Students will be assessed on a range of skills and competencies and will be awarded a pass or fail for these at the end of year 13. Whilst obtaining the practical endorsement will have no effect on the overall grade, universities have informed the exam boards that any student wishing to study science at university will need to pass the practical component of the course. The content and skills covered in the practicals will also be examined in the written papers and so students will need to make sure that they complete all required practicals.

Future opportunities

A Level permits entry into many top universities and other higher educational institutions.  Courses to consider are medicine, biochemistry, scientific research and development, pharmacy and teaching.

A Level chemistry is highly regarded by employers and can lead into many professions.


Further information

As with any A level qualification, there is an increased demand for students to work independently. Students, therefore, must expect to study outside of lesson time and will be expected to work for approximately five hours a week outside of lessons in order to complete the work to A*-C grade standard.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September