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Chemistry - AQA A Level at East Durham College

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A-level Chemistry opens the door to a range of careers in areas like pharmacy, medicine, nursing, radiography, forensics, and even law and accountancy The course will give you the scientific discipline needed to study higher education science at university or get an entry level position in the industry.

This course is ideal if you are interested and intrigued by Chemistry and are keen to develop an understanding of the world of atoms, molecules and chemical reactions.
This course covers a range of topics including: Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Practical Chemistry and is 2 years full-time, when taken alongside two or three other A Levels.

Chemistry is fundamentally an experimental subject. The specifications provide numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip you with the essential practical skills you need.

You will take AS exams at the end of year one and A Level exams at the end of year two.

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Whilst studying both AS and A Level Chemistry course you will cover a range of different topics including:

Physical chemistry – atomic structure, electron configuration, moles and Avogadro’s, equations and formulae, the nature and types of chemical bonding, enthalpy change, calorimetry, kinetics, equilibrium and at A Level only thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium expressions, acids and bases, acid dissociation constants, pH curves, buffers and indicators, electrode potential and electrochemical cells.

Inorganic Chemistry – Periodic trends and properties of period 3 elements, group 2 trends, group 7 trends and at A Level only oxides of period 3, transition metals, ligand substitution, complexes and catalysts.

Organic Chemistry – nomenclature, reaction mechanisms, isomerism, alkanes, haloalkanes, alkenes, alcohols and at A Level only optical isomerism, carboxylic acids, aromatic chemistry, amines and polymers.

Analytical Chemistry – mass spectroscopy, infra-red spectroscopy and at A Level only proton NMR, Chromatography and organic synthesis

On this course you will be taught through a variety of different methods, theory lessons, independent research and practical experiments. You will also be expected to support self-study using the internet, text books and information sheets.

Overall, at least 20% of the marks in assessments during the course will require the use of mathematical skills. These skills will be applied in the context of chemistry and will be at least the standard of higher tier GCSE Mathematics.

 

Entry requirements

For a 3 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of 5 A* - C grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics.

For a 4 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of 6 A* - C grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

 

Assessment

There will be two written papers at both AS and A2 Level and also internal assessment of practical skills at both levels too. Internal assessment of practical skills is based on completing AQA set tasks. Each task is marked externally using specific, AQA mark schemes. Examination series are available in May/June.

Financial information

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment.

Future opportunities

A-level Chemistry opens the door to a range of careers in areas like pharmacy, medicine, nursing, radiography, forensics, and even law and accountancy The course will give you the scientific discipline needed to study higher education science at university or get an entry level position in the industry.

Further information

After the completion of this course most students study Higher Education at University – this could include: medicine, dentistry, optical work, physiotherapy, pharmacy, chemistry, chemical engineering. Some students do follow a career for example joining the RAF, Police force, chemical industry and a range of apprenticeships.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Durham College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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