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Chemistry at King Edward VII

Course description

Our A level course is a 2 year course based on the OCR specifications for Chemistry A.

A summary of the subject content is shown below:

 

Y12 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 substances.
  • Acid-base and redox reactions.
  • Electrons, bonding and structure.

 

Module 3: The 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)

 

Y13 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 substances.
  • Acid-base and redox reactions.
  • Electrons, bonding and structure.

 

Module 3: The 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

 

 

Course content

 

 

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the course you must have a minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE combined Science or a grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry plus a grade 6 in another science.  Also a grade 5 in Mathematics.

To ensure that the subjects you have chosen fit into our timetable please click the link below to download our subject blocking timetable. Please note that this may be subject to change depending on course demand or staffing.

Y12 Subject Blocks 2018-19

NOTE: the school reserves the right NOT to run courses where the number of students is not viable.

 

Assessment

Periodic table and elements and physical chemistry (01)

37% of the toal A level

2 hours 13 minutes written paper

100 marks

Candidates answer all questions

 

Synthesis and analytical techniques (02)

37% of the total A level

2 hours 15 minutes written paper

100 marks

Candidates answer all questions

 

Unified chemistry (03)

26% of the toal A level

1 hour 30 minutse written paper

70 marks

Candidates answer all questions

 

Practical endorsement in chemistry (04)

Non exam assessment

 

Future opportunities

Chemistry opens up a world of possibilities and expands your career choices.  Chemistry is often called the central science.  It links with all the other sciences and underpins many branches of technology from silicon chips to brewing.

Chemistry has something for everybody.  Whether or not you want to study after you leave school, there are opportunities to begin a career with chemistry.  Once you have a chemistry qualification you may be surprised at just how many places you could end up working.  Here are some examples:

  • Manufacturing Industries including textiles, cosmetics, personal products, pharmaceuticals, food, brewing, detergents and agrochemicals – in research and development, production, waste management and pollution control, quality control, marketing, sales and technical support and general management.
  •  In the community – as a doctor, dentist, vet or physiotherapist – alternatively, in the pathology and biochemistry laboratories of hospitals, in government and police forensic science laboratories or as a public analyst.
  • Commerce – in accountancy, banking, computing, sales and marketing, personnel. publishing and patent law.  
  • Education – as a teacher or technician in a school, college or university.

Not all chemists wear white coats and work in laboratories.  The range of jobs available to someone with a chemistry qualification is greater than for most other qualifications.  Many employers recognise the value of training in logical thought, problem solving and in numerical and communication skills that forms an integral part of all chemistry courses.

If you are thinking of university, chemistry is a good choice of subject to study at A2 level.  It is listed as a preferred subject for more degree subjects that any other subject.

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: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 104 Weeks

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